Neco Williams suddenly has the biggest opportunity of his young career. The Welshman simply has to take it.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s injury is bad news. But let’s be honest, Neco Williams will see it as an opportunity. It’s one he may welcome, in fact.
He is now the only truly recognised right-back in Liverpool’s first-team squad for the next five games.
Thus if Jurgen Klopp wants to play a natural full-back, he’ll have to turn to Williams. And the boss will want that – why wouldn’t he? He wants every player to be comfortable in their position so they can play at their best.
Klopp, then, will want to play Williams. But he’ll only do so if the 19-year-old is up to it. If Williams proves that, he’s got the biggest opportunity of his career.
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Williams get his opportunity
These next five games won’t be League Cup fixtures with the youth team. They won’t be routine games as Liverpool wrap up a 20-point lead to win the title. They won’t even be the Community Shield.
They will be proper games, played at a high intensity, under plenty of pressure. They’ll even be against good teams, with the Reds set to face Leicester City, Wolves, Atalanta and Ajax without Alexander-Arnold.
If Williams can earn a place in the lineup, he’ll play the biggest games of his career – by far. He then has the chance to earn a fully-established place in the Liverpool first-team.
Now, he’s unlikely to unseat Alexander-Arnold permanently – he likely never will. But he can put himself in position as a viable alternative for times when the Scouser needs rest or is out of form.
But again, he’s got to first earn the chance and then take it. Alexander-Arnold’s injury gives him the opportunity to do both – so let’s see if he takes it.