Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams have filled in at centre-back for Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has been impressed with how Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips have stepped up amid the club’s injury crisis but believes Jurgen Klopp may look to strengthen his defensive options in the January transfer window.

The Premier League champions have lost Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Joe Gomez to injury over the last few weeks and Joel Matip is currently the only senior centre-half available to Klopp ahead of a busy run of fixtures over the winter period, both domestically and in Europe.

There’s been talk of either Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum slotting in alongside Matip for the side’s match with Leicester next weekend but Dalglish has been encouraged by the recent displays of young duo Williams and Phillips.

Gomez underwent surgery after suffering a knee injury in training with England (Picture: Getty)

‘It’s difficult for anybody to step in, but at 19 years of age Williams didn’t do too badly against Atalanta,’ he told the Liverpool Echo.

‘He was there and stood up, the first header he cleared everybody out and made sure it was his and Nat Phillips did well in the game at Anfield as well.

‘Whether they’re ready long-term it remains to be seen, but Nat was over in Germany on loan last season and did really well so maybe he is a little bit more experienced.

‘As I say though, you’ve got a couple of choices there – they’ll want to play.

‘It might not be perfect timing for them because the next game is difficult against Leicester but Jurgen gets most of his decisions right and I have no doubt he’ll get this one right too.’

Dalglish has backed Liverpool and Klopp to make the right decision in the January transfer window (Picture: Getty)

There have been calls for the Reds to spend big in January – with Dayot Upamecano reportedly top of their wishlist – and Dalglish is confident Klopp will make the right call.

‘I’m trusting the manager to make the right decision – he has done so far!’ the iconic ex-Liverpool forward and manager added.

‘It’s a really unfortunate thing, the transfer window is closed and we’ve picked up a few serious injuries and the likes of Thiago are still out too but in Jurgen, we trust.

‘There’s no problem as he will make the right decision – the two boys, Williams and Phillips, did really well when they came in for the games they played.

‘The manager has got options in those two but if it’s possible to get a free transfer in then he might think that’s the best route.

‘But whatever he decides is the best route for Liverpool.’

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