This summer will not be about strengthening Liverpool’s first team, it will be about strengthening the depth in the squad. Jürgen Klopp could do with a better second striker, another centre back and some cover for Andy Robertson at left back. However, Liverpool may not have to worry about Robbo’s understudy – Neco Williams could become the backup left back if he follows Trent Alexander-Arnold’s example.
An exciting prospect
Neco Williams is a joy to watch whenever he plays. He is bursting with energy, he is defensively assured and is always looking to get forward. In essence, he is always looking to impress.
The Welshman has been a regular in the cups this season, making four appearances in the FA Cup and one in the League Cup. Williams was a standout performer when the kids beat Everton at Anfield in January, with many saying after the game that he is ready for Premier League football.
Wrong position, wrong time
At nearly any other club in the world the fans and management would be drooling at Neco Williams’ progress, he would likely be a regular in many first teams lineups, or at least threatening to lock down the right back role as his own in the next couple of years.
Unfortunately for the 19-year-old the Reds have the best right back in the world and he is only 21-years-old himself; Trent Alexander-Arnold isn’t going to retire any time soon, nor is he likely to leave for pastures new.
Follow the leader
When Trent Alexander-Arnold rose through the academy ranks he did so as a centre midfielder. The Scouser was forced to switch position in order to breakthrough into the first team.
Neco Williams may have to follow Trent’s example and switch position himself, or at least show he is able to – he came on at left back against Aston Villa.
Jürgen Klopp is in desperate need of a backup for Andy Robertson, Neco Williams could be ideal left back cover when needed.
The Welshman is young enough to learn new tricks, adapting to playing on the other side of defence could save Liverpool millions and afford the youngster game time he needs to further his development.