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Swansea City manager Russell Martin admitted Reese Williams’ lack of playing time is not “personal” as he urged the young player to be patient for chances.

The Liverpool defender joined the Championship squad on loan at the start of the season, having played a heroic role in Jurgen Klopp’s side that won the Champions League last season.

Williams played 19 games for the Reds in all competitions last season as the team faced an injury crisis in defence, forming an unlikely partnership alongside Nat Phillips.

With the likes of Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk back in action at the start of the 2021/22 season and the arrival of Ibrahim Konate in the summer, it is becoming clear that first-team opportunities will be limited.

Swansea was named as his destination for the season, but he has only appeared three times in the league and has played no part in the team’s last six games.

To address the frustrating situation Williams found himself in, the Swans boss admitted the youngster would return to Liverpool as a “better player” regardless.

“Reese came straight for us and started, then had an injury and then had a really tough afternoon in Luton followed by a tough week after being racially abused, which is a shame,” Martin told WalesOnline.

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Reese Williams has signed Swansea City on loan from Liverpool for this season (Photo: Huw Evans Photography Agency)

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