29 Mar 2013

"He'd be great for LFC" - Reds legends urge BR to sign 'terrific' £10m star. Agree...?

Speculation over the future of Swansea City captain Ashley Williams has intensified over the last few months, and Liverpool are reportedly among the favourites to sign the ultra-consistent defender. It's clear that Michael Laudrup is slowly coming around to the reality that the defender could leave in the next transfer window, and Reds legend Ian Rush is hopeful that Williams will sign for his old club in the summer.

Speaking to ThisIsSouthWales on Tuesday, Rush described Williams as 'very organised and a good captain', adding:

"To get in Ashley Williams would be great.

"He knows what he is doing and the link to Liverpool is natural because Brendan Rodgers managed him at Swansea.

"At the right price Swansea would let him go, and he would be good for Liverpool with his experience."

Rushie's former team-mate, Jan Molby, agrees that Williams would be a good signing. In his column for the Liverpool Echo today, the Dane argued that 'Williams looks like one of those players who just improves year upon year', but insisted that deal must be done 'at the right price':

"He [Williams] looks better this season than he did last. He’s assured, even when he’s being put under pressure. He can play and he can graft. You don’t get many centre backs like that at the moment. Any deal would have to be done at the right price though, considering the player’s pedigree and age"

Speaking to the BBC in mid-March, Laudrup admitted that a summer move for Williams could be on the agenda. He said:

"When a player is doing well it [a transfer] is possible. He has done great which may be why some bigger clubs want him. He has had a great season, but lets see what the player wants and take it from there. To talk about it now does not make sense."

Wales manager Chris Coleman is convinced that Williams can be a success at one of the big clubs in the Premier League, and in an interview with the BBC last week, he enthused:

"If I was manager of a top-four club I'd have no qualms in looking at Ashley Williams and trying to sign him. I'm not surprised that he's being linked with big clubs. He's a terrific defender and a great personality [and has] a great mentality towards football"

Over the last few months, £10m-rated Williams has been repeatedly linked with a move to Anfield, and according to a recent report in The Mirror, the Reds are in pole position to sign him:

"Liverpool have emerged as favourites to land the defender. Williams has already indicated a preference for Anfield if he is allowed to leave in the summer".

One massive positive about Williams is his fitness and consistency. For the last 8 years, he's averaged 48 games per season, and he's never injured, which is a clear bonus when you consider Daniel Agger's injury history.

Statistically speaking, Williams is performing better defensively (overall) than both Agger and Skrtel this season, but is he the imperious, commanding Sami Hyypia-esque presence at the back that the club so desperately needs?

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  1. Having three top centerbacks is never going to be a problem and will probably increase competition and produce better performances like when we saw cara, hyypia, henchoz and cara, agger, skrtel (prior to this year). Even though I feel very strongly Sakho will be a huge hit, I'm not a scout and could be miles off (same with williams as prem experience doesn't immediately transfer over as we saw with allen, borini, henderson, downing, etc). And naturally, I'm not going to hold my breathe on either player coming until the ink is dry.

  2. off topic is neville neville a welsh name ?

  3. gotta agree with you there ..the easiest 15m your chairman will ever make

  4. williams seems an okay player and i stress okay ...the problem i have is swansea will screw us and rogers will payer about 50% over the odds for him ....im also reluctant to go back to a club where two of the of there former players we have bought have turned out to be overpriced rubbish imo and i fear williams will make it 3 in a row ...there will be massive pressure on him and coming from a small club im not sure he will hack it

  5. Ladrup pure class, Martinez established the desire to play football the way it should be played and Sousa defensively strong. Rogers not in top three, Right place Right time combined with a lack of a B plan, possession is not the only way to win a game. but all Rogers sides are all brilliant in defeat, Liverpool when on Match of the day bring amusement, when Rogers is giving his Manager reports swear he is reading a scrpt from last season. we blatantly saw during our first year in the premiership, every time we lost to the only two chances a supposingly superior side had against us. Thank you for taking Rogers we did not think he would last until Xmas maybe we were wrong ? next season will be crucial. Daglish had one and a half seasons before the door.

  6. He comes in, Suarez leaves.

  7. Theycallmemrburt12:41 pm, March 30, 2013

    headless chicken. He's more of a reactor than a reader of the game. Not my type of player at all.

  8. Ashley William only replacement for Jamie Carragher but who will replacement for Martin Skrtel??? Please bring in Mamadou Sakho or Stefan De Vrij because they are youngest,good skill and can able score the goal.We want not only good centre back but more advantage can assist or score the goal. Already 2 season LFC never get big winning,over than 6 goal or 7 goal. I still remember under R.Benitez LFC can beat Fenerbache 8 - 1...best memory.

  9. sign de Vrij from Feyenoord for 8m instead. He is young, captain and a dutch international. Get Sakho or Lovren from the Ligue 1 also.