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Opinion: Roberts would be the perfect solution if Williams leaves

In Neco Williams and Connor Roberts, Wales have two solid right-back options going into Euro 2020.

In fact, manager Rob Page has taken to playing Liverpool’s Williams at left-back recently in order to get them both into the team.

Swansea City star Roberts looks a fantastic player. He is due a move to the Premier League this summer.

If his international teammate Williams leaves Liverpool, as rumoured by TeamTalk, then Anfield may be the perfect destination.

While the 20-year-old is a more-than-capable sub right-back, Liverpool may feel that a loan move away for 2021/22 would benefit him in the long run.

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They could also be open to letting him leave permanently. The likes of Rhian Brewster, Dom Solanke and Ki-Jana Hoever were all expected to be future Liverpool stars, but were sold when huge offers came in for them.

While Jurgen Klopp is clearly a fan of Williams, an extortionate offer could see him depart.

If this is the case, Liverpool would need to sign a new right-back.

The man forcing Williams to play out of position for his national team could be the ideal solution.

Roberts the ideal deputy

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Of course, Trent Alexander-Arnold is Liverpool’s right-back. He will play the majority of games next season.

But the club need an understudy that can play in cup games and when the Scouser is injured or fatigued.

Top clubs need two top players in each position. That is why we saw Kostas Tsimikas sign last summer as cover for Andy Robertson.

Williams’ recent Wales performances have proven that he is good enough to fill this role on the right, but a year of playing regular minutes would make him an even better option in future.

So the club should take a look at Connor Roberts. He has had another excellent season in the Championship.

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He scored an impressive five goals and assisted seven more in 46 Championship games.

While his 1.8 tackles and interceptions per game is far from special, he was only getting dribbled past every other game. This shows that he doesn’t dive into challenges, which is what Jurgen Klopp likes with his defenders.

Roberts is a solid player across the board, while he wouldn’t cost a fortune. He would probably jump at the chance to play for Liverpool, even if he wasn’t going to play every game.

While they have a decision to make on Williams, Roberts is the perfect replacement in waiting.

The pair will ensure that Liverpool eyes are firmly fixed on Wales’ Euro 2020 games in the coming weeks.

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