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RTK View: 3 players that can replace Neco Williams

The Athletic have reported that Liverpool expect Neco Williams to push for a move for away this summer.

The club are willing to let him leave if a suitable offer comes in. They will demand a fee of around £10m for the right-back.

Williams, who is currently with the Wales squad at Euro 2020, wants to play regular first-team football. The presence of Trent Alexander-Arnold at Liverpool ensures that he will not get this at Anfield.

The Athletic also report that Liverpool do not need to sign a replacement deputy right-back if Williams does leave.

They believe that Joe Gomez and academy star Conor Bradley can provide adequate cover for Alexander-Arnold.

However, we feel that this would be a bad decision by the club. We saw last season that we cannot rely on versatile players to fill gaps, as they are needed in their primary positions.

While we would ideally keep Williams at the club, here are three players that can replace him if he does leave.

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Connor Roberts

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The first name on our list is a player that actually keeps Williams out of the Wales starting XI.

Swansea right-back Connor Roberts had a great season at Swansea in 2020/21 and is also impressing at the Euros.

He scored five goals and assisted seven more in the Championship last term.

He averaged an impressive 1.8 key passes and 0.6 shots per game.

The 25-year-old is defensively solid too, with a decent 1.8 tackles and interceptions per game.

You have to imagine that Roberts would jump at the chance to sign for one of the best teams on the planet. He could possibly get more action at another Premier League side, but joining Liverpool is a once-in-a-lifetime chance.

We previously tipped Roberts for a move to Anfield and it actually could happen now that the news about Williams has come out.

Keep an eye on him throughout the rest of the Euros.

Sofiane Alakouch

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Next up on our shortlist is Nimes right-back Sofiane Alakouch.

The 22-year-old has had a very impressive season in Ligue 1. He played 22 games, 17 of which were starts, assisting two goals.

While Alakouch is decent going forward, it is defensively where he excels. He made a huge 5.8 tackles and interceptions per 90 last campaign.

He does not have a wand of a right boot like Alexander-Arnold does, but is still very capable and has lots of time to improve.

Crucially, and the main reason we are including him here, he is out of contract at the end of this month.

Liverpool could sign him for nothing and put the money we get for Williams to use in other areas.

Considering Alakouch is already good and likely to get much better, this deal seems like a no-brainer.

Kenny Tete

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Our final suggestion is Kenny Tete of Fulham.

Tete, who has 14 caps for the Netherlands, joined the Cottagers from Lyon last summer.

He had a very decent season in the Premier League last season and put up solid numbers across the board.

He only managed the one assist, but xA numbers suggest that he should have had more. Tete also put up an impressive 1.03 key passes per 90.

The Ajax academy graduate shone defensively, with 5.27 tackles and interceptions per 90.

With Fulham’s relegation, the 25-year-old shouldn’t cost all that much. There is a deal there to be done.

Liverpool have a history of signing players from recently-relegated clubs. Kenny Tete could well be the next.

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