Jurgen Klopp has blocked Rhys Williams from leaving Liverpool on loan in the January transfer window, according to reports.
The 19-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Kidderminster Harriers in the National League North, was handed his senior debut at Liverpool in September.
Long-term injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez have provided more opportunities to Williams, who has now made nine first-team appearances in all competitions.
And according to The Sun, Klopp has now decided to keep Williams at Anfield following his impressive displays in recent weeks.
The defender has looked solid in the Champions League and delivered an accomplished display on his Premier League debut earlier this week as Liverpool beat Tottenam 2-1 at Anfield.
According to The Sun’s report, Williams is wanted by several Championship clubs including Middlesbrough.
‘I was talking to one top Premier League club over the summer about one of their players,’ Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock said earlier this week.
‘The player I was looking at ended up playing in the Champions League two weeks later, so I bet he’s glad he didn’t come with me.’
Meanwhile, Williams’ display against Tottenham was also praised by Trent Alexander-Arnold.
‘Shout out to Rhys Williams on his Premier League debut – it has to happen because he has put in a world-class performance there, barely put a foot wrong against probably the best attacking duo in the league so far,’ said the Liverpool right-back.
‘Shout out to him, it was a fantastic debut and one him and his friends and family can be really proud of.’