The Liverpool academy has had great success over the years. Generational talents have risen through the ranks, Steven Gerrard arguably the most famous and Trent Alexander-Arnold the most recent. We look to have a crop of world beaters on the precipice of the first team at the moment, one of them may be about to edge even closer. If the reported sale of Nathaniel Clyne goes through it could confirm Neco Williams as our second choice right back.
The Express have reported that David Moyes may be looking at signing Nathaniel Clyne for West Ham United this transfer window.
The ex-Everton boss recently took over the East London side and has seen his first choice right back Ryan Fredericks ruled out for at least a month.
Desperate for cover and depth, Moyes may raid his former rivals for their forgotten defender – Clyne hasn’t played for the Reds since he tore ACL against Borussia Dortmund during pre-season in 2019.
If Liverpool do sell Nathaniel Clyne it could confirm that Neco Williams will be our backup right back going forward. The 18-year-old has been incredibly impressive when given his shot the first team.
At the minute there is no natural right back cover for Alexander-Arnold. With Clyne injured we have shifted Joe Gomez across or dropped James Milner into full back. The boss would of course rather play a natural right back there instead.
However, with Williams kicking on in his development we may see the defender rotated in sooner rather than later. As the season goes on and the Premier League title gets closer and closer, we may see the gaffer afford more playing time to youngsters as he aims to keep his squad fresh for the Champions League.
If Nathaniel Clyne departs then Neco Williams would be the only natural right back around the first team. The Welshman has been in outstanding form for Neil Critchley’s U23s side, along with Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones. It would be no surprise to see the trio given minutes in the coming months.