Liverpool have a mountain of talent, young and old, at the club at the minute. The first XI have conquered all before them and have another few years at least before the boss needs to consider an overhaul. When the time comes to replace the starters then the gaffer may simply turn to the youth in the side given the quality of the youngsters coming through, some of them may give him a headache in the near future – Neco Williams being called up for the Wales squad is indicative of the tough decisions to come.
This time last year many Kopites hadn’t heard of Neco Williams. The teenaged full back was performing well for the youth sides but was yet to feature in the first team.
The 2019/20 season changed everything for the youngster, the Welshman featured heavily in the cup competitions and impressed enough to warrant some Premier League game time towards the end of the campaign.
Jürgen Klopp ended up giving the wonderkid 11 appearances in all competitions and his decision was vindicated by a string of impressive performances.
Williams Wales call up
This week Neco Williams was called up to the Wales senior side for the first time.
The 19-year-old has made the squad for September’s Nations League ties with Finland and Bulgaria.
This is a major moment in the youngster’s career and is sure to be critical to his development.
Playing at a international level will ask more of the youngster and will motivate him to gain further first team appearances at Anfield.
Klopp selection headache
At any other side in the Premier League having a player like Neco Williams coming through would be a blessing for the coach.
However, Jürgen Klopp has a conundrum on his hands: how does he manage having Trent Alexander-Arnold and Neco Williams in the squad?
His problem is particularly difficult given that Trent is just two years older than his deputy.
With Williams now playing at international level and sure to progress even further with his development in the next year, what will the boss do? How does he make sure he doesn’t waste Williams?
Does the gaffer shift Trent into the midfield? Does he give Williams more game time in order to push Trent on?
I’m glad it isn’t my decision to make.