Liverpool handed a debut to Neco Williams against Arsenal in the EFL Cup fourth round and he took his chance well.
The Welsh right-back was making his senior debut and he played well despite conceding five goals. With Williams and Ki-Jana Hoever impressing in the academy team, Nathaniel Clyne’s Liverpool future looks bleak.
Ki-Jana Hoever is an exciting talent
Hoever made his debut last season against Wolves and Jurgen Klopp rates him very highly. The 17-year-old is predominantly a centre-back but he has already shown he can play at right-back too.
In the third round, against MK Dons, Hoever kept a clean sheet and scored a header for Liverpool’s senior side. He is currently away with the Netherlands at the U17 World Cup and big things are expected in the future.
Neco Williams shines
With Hoever away at the U17 World Cup, Klopp decided to give Williams his debut. The 18-year-old has been in fine form for Liverpool’s U23 side this season, providing goals and assists from right-back.
Williams played with confidence against Arsenal and was not fazed by the occasion. He highlighted his potential with a surging run, great cross and assist for Divock Origi’s late equaliser. Williams and Hoever could be the future for the Reds.
No way back for Nathaniel Clyne?
Trent Alexander-Arnold is the undisputed first-choice right-back at Liverpool now. Joe Gomez can operate there but Klopp seems to prefer him at centre-back. This leaves one vacancy open to rotate with Alexander-Arnold.
Even when Clyne returns from injury, he faces a battle. The 28-year-old might now be behind Williams and Hoever in the pecking order. It looks like a permanent exit could be the best option for the former England international.