Liverpool have an idea about how they’ll use Joe Gomez next season, according to reports. It’s one that makes their £36m deal even more sensible.
Neco Williams wants out of Liverpool, it seems. That’s according to the Athletic who believe he wants first-team football going forward.
Liverpool hope to get around £10m for the 20-year-old, who’s currently playing for Wales at Euro 2020. And honestly, that feels cheap.
£10m for a young international player who’s becoming more comfortable on the big stage? Someone could well end up with a bargain, if Williams fulfils his potential.
Not to mention what Williams means to Liverpool – he’s their backup right-back. Without him, Trent Alexander-Arnold is the only recognised right-back in the squad.
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That’s quite a risk to take. No matter how you rate Williams, he’s comfortable in the role and able to step in when needed. We’re not sure you can say that about others.
But it seems Liverpool have a plan in mind. It’s one that puts extra value on their £36m deal from earlier in the window.
The Joe Gomez idea
The Athletic’s report says the idea is for Joe Gomez to cover Alexander-Arnold if Williams leaves. He’s played there before, of course, and has previously been backup in the role.
It also makes some sense in the wake of Liverpool signing Ibrahima Konate. The Reds paid his £36m release clause to get him from RB Leipzig, adding to their centre-back options in the process.
It takes those options up to five. Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Nat Phillips, Gomez and Konate offer a selection of players who have proven themselves in a top league.
It’s a lot for what is usually only two spots in the XI.
But it does make more sense if Gomez is covering at right-back. That idea almost takes their options back down to 4-and-a-half, given the Englishman won’t always be there for the middle.
And given the injury issues of last season, having Konate makes Gomez playing wide much more palatable. We’d argue it shouldn’t be an option at all if not for the Frenchman’s arrival.
Some will say it still shouldn’t be an option – and they might be right. But it’s certainly now a safer solution to Williams leaving than it would be. Gomez can play there without decreasing the quality in the middle.
That puts some extra value in what already looked like a great deal for Konate.