Liverpool left-back Andrew Robertson has waxed lyrical about Reds academy graduate Neco Williams, telling the official club website that he’s been amazing in training all season and tipping him for a fantastic career in football.
After deputising for Robertson in the starting XI at Brighton, the 19-year-old switched to the right-hand side of Jurgen Klopp’s defence against Burnley, taking his senior appearance tally to 10 for the season.
Williams joined Liverpool’s academy aged six and has steadily progressed through the ranks before making his senior debut last October when he featured against Arsenal in the League Cup, following it up with his league debut against Crystal Palace in June.
Robertson has been left impressed by his fellow full-back and is confident that he’ll have an incredible future.
“I’ve spoken to Neco quite a lot,” Robertson told the official Liverpool website. “It’s great to see a young full-back coming through.
“I’ve given him small pointers but I’m not sure he needs them, because he’s got so much ability and so much energy, so much confidence in his own ability that he’ll have a fantastic career in the game.
“I hope he keeps on gaining that experience and keeps getting the game time because that’s so important for him. He’s been amazing in training all season so I’m glad he’s starting to get his reward with making his debut, getting his first start and then getting a couple of consecutive starts under his belt.
“He’s got an abundance of ability and he can play both full-back positions pretty easily, so I’m sure he will push me and Trent all the way next season and that’s what we need to have – healthy competition in the squad.”
Not only is the Liverpool first-team squad a force to be reckoned with, but with numerous high-calibre youngsters working up the ranks and breaking through into first-team contention, the future really is bright at Anfield.
Williams is just the latest in this conveyor belt of top-class academy graduates and, despite only being 19, has not looked out of place at the highest level, his crossing ability superb and his defending also very impressive.
In wake of the financial blow dealt to the world of football by the global health crisis, Liverpool probably won’t have to spend money at full-back, with Williams seemingly very much in line to cover for either Robertson or Alexander-Arnold next season.