Rhys Williams and Leighton Clarkson are looking to take the lead two weeks before the start of Liverpool’s pre-season, training together in Marbella.

With Darwin Nunez, Fabio Carvalho and Calvin Ramsay now on the doorstep, it is widely expected that no further signings will be made at Anfield this summer.

There is, however, a group of players whose future remains uncertain and should be resolved in the coming months.

At least in the short term, two of those players are Williams and Clarkson, who finished last season with the Liverpool Under-23 side after unsuccessful loan spells.

They both left Merseyside last summer, only to return midway through the campaign having made just seven appearances for Swansea and Blackburn respectively.

To their credit, the academy graduates put disappointment behind them to end the season strong, including triumphing over Burnley in the Lancashire Senior Cup final.

Liverpool are likely to consider loan offers for Williams and Clarkson this summer, but they could also have a chance to impress Jurgen Klopp in the early weeks of pre-season training.

It is therefore encouraging that they have already worked on their fitness together during a post-season holiday in Marbella.

In a post from Williams on Instagram, the 21-year-old centre-back shared a series of photos of himself alongside Clarkson:

Each player in the Liverpool squad will have received individual training programs to maintain their fitness in the off-season, but it’s clear Williams and Clarkson are eager to impress.

Whether that translates into a first-team role for Klopp remains to be seen, especially given the competition in defense and midfield.

Williams ended the season as the de facto fifth choice at centre-back, but is behind Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Ibrahima Konate and Joe Gomez, with Nat Phillips, Sepp van den Berg and Ben Davies all, in l ‘state, to return ready.

LEEDS, ENGLAND - Monday February 7, 2022: Liverpool's Leighton Clarkson during the Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Leeds FC Under-23 and Liverpool FC Under-23 at Elland Road.  Leeds United won 3-0.  (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Meanwhile, there is a feeling that Tyler Morton could have more chances in the middle of the park next season, while Carvalho also joins a group made up of Jordan Henderson, Thiago, Fabinho, Naby Keita, James Milner, Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

This could, in all likelihood, restrict the opportunities available to Clarkson – who Klopp has previously compared to German legend Philipp Lahm.

Nonetheless, Williams and Clarkson can only aim to outplay their teammates on and off the pitch if they are to convince Klopp in the coming summer.