The Reds embarrassed their local rivals on Sunday. Everton put out their strongest side for the FA Cup third round clash at Anfield but were beaten by what was essentially a Liverpool youth side. There were a number of strong performances in the Liverpool XI but a few were more needed than others – Neco Williams showed that he isn’t far off being able to give Trent Alexander-Arnold a rest.

Neco Williams could give Trent Alexander-Arnold a much needed rest.

Neco Williams could give Trent Alexander-Arnold a much needed rest. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Trent has played an incredible amount of football this campaign and has shown week in, week out, that he has the quality to be one of the greatest Scousers to wear the shirt. Unfortunately for him, there are no right backs in the squad anywhere near his level, making rotating him an impossible task.

We have previously insisted that signing backup full backs should be a priority for Jürgen Klopp, however, the performance of Neco Williams showed that we may be able to look closer to home for depth.

The Welshman has been moulded to play like our number one right back. We often saw Williams whipping the ball in from deep, his delivery consistently excellent throughout the game. Defensively the youth player was solid, often making Luca Digne look way below average.


The last thing that our title bid needs now is an injury to Trent Alexander-Arnold, if we continue to fold Neco Williams in as a rotation option, we can prevent working Trent too hard.

There is also the consideration that if Trent were to have a deputy we would be able to experiment with playing Alexander-Arnold in centre midfield.

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