Neco Williams earned rave reviews from fans with his Wales displays this week. He’s surely earned himself more appearances for Liverpool.
Neco Williams played two games for Wales this week, both ‘out of position’. The teenager was a left-wingback against both Belgium and the Czech Republic.
That’s something Jurgen Klopp tried late last season. He threw Williams in at left-back against Brighton but it didn’t work out – Tariq Lamptey ran riot and the Welshman went off at half-time.
This time, however, it went wonderfully. Wales fans raved about Williams on Twitter after both performances.
These weren’t straightforward games, either. Against Belgium, Williams was up against Borussia Dortmund’s Thomas Meunier and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne.
Somehow, the 19-year-old still impressed. He then helped Wales secure a tight 1-0 win over the Czech Republic.
Back at home
Everyone at Liverpool will love this. Williams demonstrated multiple talents that bode well for the future.
The most useful of which is an ability to perform in big games, under pressure. That’s one that easily translates to Liverpool and does so this season.
Virtually every game the Reds play until the end of the season will be under pressure. Some will come in the Champions League, some in the race for the top four. Either way, they have to win.
And it appears they can count on reliable performances from Williams.
His ability to play on the left looks good, too. Klopp is still unsure about Kostas Tsimikas, according to reports, so there is a chance for Williams to get games on that flank.
And honestly, he’s earned some games at full-back – at the very least, off the bench. Liverpool clearly have a bright talent here and if Klopp can continue to nurture that, they’ll have a very good player.
But Williams needs games. We’re not suggesting throwing him in from the start against Real Madrid, of course, but if there’s an opportunity to give him minutes over the last two months, Williams should get them.
Perhaps there will be times when Trent Alexander-Arnold or Andy Robertson need to come off early. Maybe opportunities to rest them. That’s when Williams should get opportunities to show what he can do.
Liverpool benefit twice – rested players and a developing talent.
Williams has proven his ability to Wales and Liverpool must hand him the chance to prove it for them. There’s a lot to gain from it.