Port Vale manager Andy Crosby believes that the loan signing of Rhys Williams from Liverpool instantly enhances his side’s defensive options due to the quality he brings from Merseyside.


The 22-year-old has left the Reds for the fifth time in his career, this time joining Port Vale on a deal until the end of the season.


The Liverpool academy graduate initially joined Aberdeen in the summer on a season-long loan deal, but saw his stint being cut short after the Reds felt that he was not getting ample game time.




Now that Williams’ immediate future has been sorted, the manager of his new club sees the benefits of having a player of his quality at his disposal for the rest of the season.


Crosby thinks that the Liverpool man instantly enhances Port Vale.


“I am absolutely delighted to welcome Rhys to Vale Park”, Crosby told his club’s official website.



“He comes into the squad and instantly enhances our defensive options with the quality that he possesses.


“As a person, I am sure that he will prove to be a popular figure off the pitch too, with his personality, drive and desire to become the very best version of himself.”



Crosby also feels that Liverpool sending Williams to Vale Park is a vote of confidence in Port Vale and their approach.


“This loan signing is yet another example of clubs at the elite level seeing the way that we treat the players both on and off the pitch and the way that we play as a team, and ultimately seeing Port Vale as an ideal home for their future talents’ development.


“I would personally like to thank Liverpool FC for allowing us the opportunity to work with Rhys; the First Team staff and I all look forward to working closely with him for the remainder of the season.”


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will be looking to see Williams play week in, week out in League One with Port Vale.