A crucial period is looming for Neco Williams

There were several clubs monitoring the situation of Neco Williams at Liverpool in the previous summer window, according to The Times.

They report that Wolverhampton Wanderers were among the sides keen and made an enquiry for the Wales international in September.

However, rather than Williams, discussions would centre on the young Dutch defender Ki-Jana Hoever, whom Liverpool were prepared to use as leverage for the signing of Diogo Jota from Molineux.

Jurgen Klopp was not prepared to even condone sanctioning a deal for Williams and he assured the 19-year-old he would be part of his plans and the coming weeks will be crucial when it comes to proving that.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold is out injured while a shortage in midfield could see James Milner forced to cover in his natural position as opposed to right-back.

That should mean that Williams gets his share of gametime between now and when Alexander-Arnold returns to full-fitness in just under a month’s time.

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So far this season, Williams’ only involvement in either the Premier League or Champions League has seen the Welshman clock up just 45 minutes of action.

He did, however, start and play the full 90 minutes in both of Liverpool’s Carabao Cup fixtures against Lincoln City and Arsenal.

His limited time both in the league and in Europe can be contributed to the fact Williams unfortunately, is behind in the pecking order to arguably the finest full-back currently on the planet.

The fact that both players are relatively the same age doesn’t do too much to enhance Williams’ long-term prospects at right-back with Liverpool, although Alexander-Arnold could potentially see a positional change to midfield in the future as the team continues to evolve over the next few years.

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However, given the number of injuries Klopp is currently nursing, the week ahead hands the Liverpool boss ample opportunity to show why he stopped Williams leaving the club during the summer.

If his situation doesn’t change all that much between now and the end of the season, Williams may look to consider his options elsewhere which will be made difficult due to the fact he is contracted at Anfield until 2025.

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