By Dominic King for the Daily Mail
Published: 22:11 GMT, 27 October 2020 | Updated: 22:38 GMT, 27 October 2020
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
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