Neco Williams has proven he is a special player, yet he has the hardest task in football ahead of him
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Neco Williams has proven he is a special player, yet he has the hardest task in football ahead of him

While there is plenty at Liverpool to be excited about, there is one key area in the Reds’ armoury that has never appeared stronger.

Not only does Jurgen Klopp and the Premier League champions possess the best full-back in world football but they also have an academy graduate who is determined to match the same devastating standards in the same position.

DOHA, QATAR – DECEMBER 21: Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool poses with the Club World Cup trophy after the FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2019 Final match between Liverpool and CR Flamengo at Khalifa International Stadium on December 21, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by David Ramos – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Much has been written about Trent Alexander-Arnold, yet there is another right-back who has developed under Alex Ingelthorpe and is ready to take the professional game by storm.

Like Alexander-Arnold, Williams has been tipped to have a long and successful Anfield career following a number of impressive auditions in the first team.

The 19-year-old made it back-to-back Premier League for the first time in his career following on from two very impressive showings against Brighton then against Burnley on Saturday.

The only noticeable concern for Williams is how he is to become Liverpool’s long-term option at right-back when his predecessor is the best in his position on the market and only two years his elder.

Williams’ influence in recent weeks showcases that Klopp is determined to give the Welshman his chance, yet his path to becoming a regular in his favourable position could not have been made any harder.

DOHA, QATAR – DECEMBER 17: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Trent Alexander-Arnold and Neco Williams of Liverpool during a training session at Qatar University Stadium on December 17, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Two is surely better than one?

Williams has been inspirational for the U23s this season and has thrived when given opportunities in the senior set-up.

There is no reason to suggest that the youngster cannot go on to be one of the best full-backs in the game given the platform at Liverpool and the serial winners he is surrounded by.

With that in mind, the better Williams becomes the more frustration that could stem from having to regularly be noted as Alexander-Arnold’s understudy.

While Alexander-Arnold could one day be shifted into midfield given he has been Liverpool’s most creative outlet over the past two seasons it is unlikely that Klopp has any immediate plans to move the West Derby prodigy in a position he has ultimately dominated in.

It would be unfair to write off Williams’ long-term aspirations to feature in his favoured position for the Premier League champions. After all, he has showcased that he isn’t too far behind Alexander-Arnold in the same period of his development.

There have been glimpses of what Williams can do when give the platform to show off his talent. Now it feels as if only time will tell if his aspirations and goals for Liverpool can become a reality.

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