Liverpool could have the Premier League title wrapped up by the next time they play Atletico Madrid, although that depends on Manchester City dropping more points. It could be a wise move to start Neco Williams over Trent Alexander-Arnold in some of these games.
Liverpool fell to a 1-0 defeat at the Wanda Metropolitano. Whilst The Reds were unlucky to concede early, they didn’t offer enough offensively to breakdown the stoic Madrid defence.
Alexander-Arnold in particular didn’t have his best game, his crossing was errant and he lost possession far too often.
The Scouser in our team has rarely missed a game this season, he has been worked into the ground and looks as though he could do with a bit of a rest before the second leg against Atletico.
Whilst he has obviously enjoyed the Premier League winter break, with the squad dotted around the world for a chunk of this period, he wasn’t training.
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If Neco Williams starts ahead of Alexander-Arnold in a couple of our forthcoming fixtures then Trent can train in the week, rest up at a weekend and still come on from the bench if needed.
It isn’t just this season that Trent has been near ever present, it’s now a few seasons in a row that he’s played nearly every minute – we too often forget that he is just 21-years-old. Michael Owen’s career was destroyed by him playing nearly every minute from the age of 18 onwards.
With The Reds set to play West Ham United, Watford and Bournemouth in the league in the coming weeks we can afford to rotate our Welsh prodigy in and out of the side.
If we want the get the best out of the Scouser in our team when it really matters then we need to provide him with a rest, as well as competition for his place.
Let’s be honest, it’s not like Williams isn’t ready – he’d start for any of the teams we’re about to face in this run, so we may as well start him against a couple of them.