Why does Neco Williams want to leave Liverpool? Reports claim the 20-year-old will try to move on this summer.
Neco Williams to leave Liverpool
The Athletic claims Williams wants out. They say there are several clubs interested, too, and that Liverpool will seek around £10m.
The article mentions Leeds United, Southampton, Aston Villa and Burnley as teams with genuine interest. The Saints’ interest, certainly, isn’t a shock. Sky Sports claimed back in February that they’d tried to sign Williams on loan.
This comes as the full-back is at Euro 2020 with Wales. He’s featured, too, making his tournament debut in the competition.
Williams has done well to get into that squad. He hasn’t been anything like a regular player for Liverpool but clearly showed enough to earn his spot.
Now it appears he wants more.
Williams’ position at Liverpool
Williams has always been in an awkward place with Liverpool. He’s a talented young right-back and one who can just about hold his own at Premier League level.
The potential there is obvious – he just doesn’t have room to grow. Trent Alexander-Arnold is only two years older and the world’s best right-back. It’s very tough for Williams to get in the side with any regularity.
The Athletic’s article outlines that Williams doesn’t see himself getting ahead of Alexander-Arnold anytime soon. And he’s right – there’s little chance of that ever happening.
He has had encouraging displays, though. We liked Williams against Wolves and Ajax this season, for instance. But it’s never really going to be enough.
We always saw his best shot at making it was to develop a game at left-back. That’s actually something he’s done with Wales, though Kostas Tsimikas’s arrival effectively rules out that role for Liverpool.
So stuck behind Alexander-Arnold and without an obvious first-team path, we can’t blame Williams for wanting out. It’s a big step – he’s been with Liverpool over 10 years – but likely a necessary one.
It’s also interesting that he isn’t after a loan deal. We imagine that’s because he doesn’t want to get lost in a chain of loans where he can never fully establish himself.
We’ve seen that with Harry Wilson and the like – players who didn’t get to develop properly because of an ever-changing environment. Williams won’t want that and he’s probably right to.
And even if he did come back in a year, Alexander-Arnold is still firmly there. That’s not changing anytime soon. If Williams does want a proper path on which he can develop, he almost certainly needs to leave Liverpol.