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From non-League to the Champions League: Rhys Williams learned his trade on loan at Kidderminster Harriers but stepped up to fill Fabinho's boots on the big stage... Jurgen Klopp has a youngster who is ready to take his chance Rhys Williams came off the bench to replace Fabinho who came off injured Williams impressed with a interception in the 57th minute that caught the eye Klopp gave Williams the responsibility to help his team during their injury crisis Liverpool won the Champions League game against Midtjylland 2-0

By Dominic King for the Daily Mail

Published: 22:11 GMT, 27 October 2020 | Updated: 22:38 GMT, 27 October 2020

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What a difference a week makes. In Amsterdam seven days ago, Jurgen Klopp stood with arm around Rhys Williams and smiled as he imparted some final wisdom.

Liverpool’s manager knew what an experience he was giving to a 19-year-old, who is making his first steps in football at the highest level. Here was Williams, in one of the sport’s cathedrals, being given the responsibility to help his team through injury time.

‘I saw it in his eyes that he was pretty impressed by the occasion,’ Klopp reflected.

Rhys Williams came off the bench to replace Fabinho who came off due to an injury

Rhys Williams came off the bench to replace Fabinho who came off due to an injury

Williams had every reason to be impressed. The first thing he did when introduced against Ajax was win a towering header. They think an awful lot of Williams at Liverpool and the fact Klopp was prepared to put him into a pressure situation spoke volumes.

Here, though, the body language was different. Klopp could not have envisaged having to ask Williams to get stripped and ready for action so soon into Liverpool’s second Group D fixture against Midtyjlland but circumstances left him with no option.

There was Fabinho, the man who had been ushered into central defensive duty following the catastrophic injury to Virgil van Dijk, lying with his legs out stretched. He was wincing in the way players tend to when they know they have felt

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