LIVERPOOL youngster Jordan Williams is eager to make up for lost time and get his chance under Jurgen Klopp.
Williams made his Liverpool debut back in September 2014, coming on as a second-half substitute as the Reds beat Middlesbrough on penalties in the League Cup.
The defender then had loan spells with Notts County and Swindon before suffering a serious knee injury in September 2015.
He has now recovered after a year of injury ‘hell’ and is determined to get back to his best.
“I was on a high at the time,” the 20-year-old Welshman told the Liveprool Echo.
“Playing every week for Swindon and then going away with Wales, training alongside Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey. Wales were flying at the time as well.
“Against Colchester I went in from the side for a tackle and did my cartilage. It felt okay after the game so I played again on the Tuesday night against Doncaster but it was really sore.
“I got in touch with Liverpool and they arranged for me to have a scan which showed that I needed surgery. My cartilage and my meniscus were catching against each other so they had to take a bit of it out.
“It wasn’t a big operation but I had a few setbacks along the way which meant I was out for 12 months. It’s been hell, really.”
He added: “I’m feeling good [now]. I’ve got my fitness back. I feel strong and now I want to kick on,” he said.
“It was another setback with my groin but I’m in a better place now. I’ve been working with the fitness coaches for the past three weeks and it was good to get on against City.
“I need to get my head down, keep training and hopefully get a lot of game time. I’ve missed a lot of football but I believe in myself that I can get back to where I was before I picked up the injury.”
Klopp has given game-time to many young players since he took over at Liverpool and Williams hopes he can earn a place in the first-team soon.
“You always have to believe you will make it at Liverpool until the day you are no longer here,” he said.
“If I perform well for the under-23s then hopefully that chance to go up to Melwood will come.
“The manager has given chances to loads of players. It was great to see Ovie (Ejaria) and Trent (Alexander-Arnold) play so well against Tottenham. It gives everyone belief that you can get there if you are doing well.
“Kev Stewart, who was at Swindon with me, has done brilliantly and he has deserved his chance. They aren’t the type of lads to get carried away.
“My dream is still to play for Liverpool. I hope my career is here but if it has to be somewhere else then I’ll try to do what someone like Conor Coady has done and make a career elsewhere. I just want to be playing league football every week.”
Williams is also open to going out on loan again.
He said: “If I have to go out on loan again then I’d take that chance straightaway. I loved every minute of it.
“Going out every Saturday to get three points – it means a lot more. You’re playing in front of big crowds too.”