Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold has described Anfield youngster Neco Williams as an “amazing talent” who’ll have a “bright future”, in conversation with the Reds website.
Williams joined Liverpool’s academy as a six-year-old and has progressed through the ranks, culminating in a great breakthrough season last time out.
The 19-year-old made his first-team debut in the Reds’ League Cup tie with Arsenal last October, which the Merseysiders won on penalties after an exhilarating 5-5 draw.
Williams went on to make a further 10 first-team appearances, six of which came in the Premier League, and also claimed a medal as part of the triumphant FIFA Club World Cup squad.
Over the summer, the young right-back penned a new long-term contract with Liverpool, debuted – and scored – for Wales, and featured in the Community Shield.
“Neco is an amazing talent, he is someone who we all look to as being someone who can play for the club for a long amount of time and will have a bright future no matter what,” Alexander-Arnold told Liverpoolfc.com.
“I think he is on the right path, for sure. Mentally, he’s ahead of people his age, he’s getting the right experience in training; playing against the best players in the world can only improve you.
“So, all the young players at the club will be looking up to people like Neco and trying to push to be in that position to be up at Melwood and training with the first team all the time.
“He showed at the back end of last season he’s good enough to be given the chance and hopefully he’ll be able to kick on.”
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 addition, Williams is versatile, so he could get plenty of chances this season covering for both Alexander-Arnold on the right and Andrew Robertson on the left.