Neco Williams says Sadio Mane has ‘definitely’ improved him, thanks to how Liverpool train. The teenager will only keep improving.
Williams officially committed his future to Liverpool on Monday. The full-back signed a new ‘long-term’ deal with the club while out in Austria for pre-season.
It’s no real surprise, of course. Williams has impressed continuously since joining the first-team and Liverpool were always going to offer him a deal. But it’s great news nonetheless.
Williams can become a top player and, honestly, the only thing standing in his way is Trent Alexander-Arnold. The Scouser is arguably the world’s best right-back and presents a natural roadblock in the first-team.
Regardless, Williams has improved rapidly – something he puts down to the way the club trains.
“Most sessions I do at Melwood, I am up against Sadio [Mane],” Williams told the official club site. “Because in the teams we do, we have the starting team and the other team, and mostly every session when we have games back to back – a game always around the corner – I’m always up against Sadio.
“So, every session, it is difficult for me because I am up against one of the best wingers in the world, so I think that has definitely improved me as a player.
“I don’t think there is any other way of becoming a better player than coming up against the best wingers in the world.”
What RTK has to say
What better way to learn as a full-back? Williams will virtually never come up against a player as good as Mane, even when playing for the first-team.
Every day he gets to see what one of the trickiest wingers in the world can do – stop him and he can stop virtually anyone.
It’s a huge bonus for the youngsters that they can face the world champions in most sessions. No wonder we’ve seen dramatic improvements, then, from other squad players.
Take Andy Robertson, for one. He wasn’t in the first-team to begin with, meaning he’d have faced Mohamed Salah every day in training. Is his rapid rise any surprise, then?
Williams has enormous potential and he’s already improved at a fantastic rate. Thanks to the way Liverpool train, he’ll improve even further. Just how good can he get in a year?