Neco Williams has spoken out in regards to the prospect of lining up against his Wales international captain; Gareth Bale.
Liverpool are just hours away from facing off against Tottenham during the top-of-the-table clash at Anfield on Wednesday evening.
Williams, 19, is in contention to feature for Liverpool having appeared in the Reds’ previous four Premier League matches.
Capped six times for Wales, Williams pointed out how influential a figure Bale has been since the Liverpool right back was promoted to the national team set-up, as well as the prospect of lining up against him at club level.
“When I went into the Wales senior team, he was there straight away making me comfortable and making me part of the group,” Williams told Liverpool’s official website.
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“He did help me a lot. Obviously, he’s a top player and it’s not going to be nice playing up against him if he does play.
“That’s obviously one player we need to keep quiet.”
The prospect of Williams and Bale going against each other is an interesting one.
Bale, 31, has clocked up just three Premier League appearances since returning to Tottenham on loan from Real Madrid.
He has just 116 minutes of top-flight action this season and hasn’t featured under Jose Mourinho in Spurs’ previous four league matches.
Williams, meanwhile, has been given greater responsibility by manager Jurgen Klopp, starting in two of Liverpool’s last three league matches.
The Welsh teenager also recently stepped up in the absence of Trent Alexander-Arnold to start during Champions League matches against Ajax and Atalanta.
With Tottenham playing against Liverpool tonight, it will be interesting to see if Williams is entrusted to make an impact against the Reds’ fellow pacemakers in the English top-flight.
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