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Report: Liverpool youngster Neco Williams facing dilemma over international future

According to the Daily Mirror, Liverpool right-back Neco faces a huge dilemma regarding his international future with both Wales and England fighting for the youngster’s services.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 04: Neco Williams of Liverpool shoots as Aaron Pierre of Shrewsbury Town attempts to bock during the FA Cup Fourth Round Replay match between Liverpool FC and Shrewsbury Town at Anfield on February 04, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Wales manager Ryan Giggs is keeping close tabs on the Reds’ academy graduate and Williams could be given the call-up considering he has already represented Wales at U19 level.

However, the report claims that the Wrexham-born-Williams is still eligible to play for the Three Lions through his English-born grandparents.

England’s U20s manager was present at Anfield during Liverpool’s 1-0 win against Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday night to personally monitor Williams whom also won man-of-the-match during a historic night at the home of the European champions.

The 18-year-old is one of the club’s most rated young talents having recently graduated to the first-team under the tutelage of U23s boss Neil Critchley. Williams has clocked up five first-team appearances this season for the senior side with two assists in that period.

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Gareth Southgate and England have reportedly not ruled out the idea of monitoring Williams with the national team head-coach publically admitting he is open to a new generation of players and will target dual nationality stars in the future.

This could work in Williams’ favour, however, as it could force Wales’ hand in offering the teenager a call-up to the senior side with two friendlies scheduled at the end of March, against Austria and the USA.

Liverpool’s Spanish midfielder Pedro Chirivella (R) congtratulates Liverpool’s Welsh midfileder Neco Williams for crossing th ball to let Liverpool’s Belgium striker Divock Origi (unseen) score his team’s fifth goal during the English League Cup fourth round football match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on October 30, 2019. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

What RTK has to say

Williams has a tough decision to make but the prospect of representing Wales at Euro 2020 could be the definitive factor in securing the young right-back permanently.

The prospect of Williams having to battle Trent Alexander-Arnold at full-back for both club and country doesn’t boast well for his chances of regular game-time so he could be tempted to stick with Wales.

It could be the perfect opportunity to gain vital senior experience to further increase his chances of pushing his way into Jurgen Klopp’s Reds team.

Williams has all the qualities of a typical Klopp full-back and this could prompt the German manager to consider utilising Alexander-Arnold in midfield and moving Tuesday’s FA Cup hero to right-back.

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