Liverpool have offers on the table for Neco Williams, according to reports. The Reds will have a decision to make this summer.
This comes from TeamTalk. They claim at least two Premier League clubs have made initial offers to take Neco Williams on loan.
Newly-promoted Norwich City are one, with Burnley also making their intentions known. Although, it’s a little more complicated.
Norwich want to take him but only if Max Aarons leaves the club. That’s very possible but it’s still very ‘wait-and-see’. Burnley, on the other hand, are waiting themselves before truly pushing forward.
Then there are a host of Championship clubs who would also quite like Williams next season. The report names Stoke City, Barnsley, Swansea City and Cardiff City.
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Liverpool have offers for Neco Williams
The awkward thing here is that Liverpool would likely need to buy a backup right-back if they let Williams go. While he only played 14 games last season, that’s still 14 appearances at right-back they’d need to find elsewhere.
But can you buy someone for that role? Not really as Williams would return after a year.
At the same time, regular first-team football – especially in the Premier League – would be hugely beneficial for Williams. He’s now 20 and could do with stepping up like that.
He didn’t play nearly as much as Liverpool would have liked last year, after all. Injuries in defence meant Jurgen Klopp rarely risked throwing him in, though. They might see next season as an opportunity to play catch-up and the right loan could do that.
But it would be a risk. There’s always a chance the new club gives up on the player in favour of more-experienced teammates, as we saw with Harry Wilson at Bournemouth. They have nothing to gain from long-term development, after all – they want a player for the here and now.
Quite a bit to think about here, then.