Neco Williams has told Liverpool’s official website that he is keen to compete with Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold for a place in the starting XI under Jurgen Klopp – despite managing just five senior appearances.
Williams, 18, has broken into the senior side on occasion this season, featuring in all four of Liverpool’s FA Cup run that lasted until the fifth round before suffering a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea. He also played in the EFL Cup win over Arsenal.
In that time, the Wales Under-19 international has impressed. Indeed, Williams has laid on three assists in those matches – clearly benefitting from Klopp’s style of play, which allows full-backs to thrive and prove just as potent in attack.
Alexander-Arnold has also thrived under Klopp and already has 125 Liverpool outings. One of the first names on the team sheet, Alexander-Arnold has been touted as the next captain but Williams is keen on competing with the England international.
“Hopefully I just keep playing, keep working hard. Hopefully my chances will come and when I’m a bit older and [have] gained the experience, I’ll be able to fight for [a place] against Trent,” Williams said.
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But should Williams be looking to leave on loan? Now he has a taste for first-team football, Williams needs to go out and continue to be handed senior football – at Liverpool, he may only play in the Cup competitions.
That is, even with Nathaniel Clyne about to depart. The big question is whether Klopp would throw Williams in at the deep end if Alexander-Arnold becomes unavailable – or use Joe Gomez or James Milner on the right side of defence?
Right now, surely he would go for the more experienced option. Williams needs a loan.