With Liverpool taking on Atheltic Club in a pre-season friendly today, fans should be keeping an eye on the Spanish side’s Williams brothers.
The Reds will face the La Liga club in their penultimate pre-season fixture in their first game back at Anfield since the end of last season.
It is unknown what type of XI that Jurgen Klopp will play, as Liverpool take on Osasuna just a day later in their last friendly of the summer.
With a few weeks of the transfer window still to go, the recruitment staff may take an interest in some of their opponents’ players.
As far as we are concerned, there are two main men to watch, and they just so happen to be brothers.
The older of the pair, Inaki, has been a key man for Athletic for a few years now.
His younger sibling Nico (yes, Nico Williams), made his debut for the club in April of this year.
Both players have a similar playing style, which could interest Liverpool greatly.
Williams brothers at different stages but both interesting talents
Inaki Williams made his debut back in 2014, having been tipped for superstardom from a young age.
Eight goals and three assists at 21 starts in 2015/16 saw him linked with a series of sides.
But he hasn’t quite lived up to his potential. Now 27, Inaki is still a regular for his hometown side, but has not quite cracked the world stage.
However, he is still a very solid player. Six goals and six assists last season do not tell the full story of his quality.
Per Planet Football, he is the second-fastest player on the planet, reaching speeds of up to 35.7 km/h.
While he is unlikely to impress enough to encourage Liverpool to buy him, his speed makes him an incredibly exciting watch.
One Athletic player that might impress Liverpool enough to move for him is 19-year-old Nico.
He played two La Liga games at the end of last season and will be hoping to feature more heavily in 2021/22.
Nico scored nine goals and got 12 assists in the Segunda Division B for Athletic’s reserve side last campaign, which is why he is so highly rated.
Like Inaki, Nico is a pacey, direct wideman who can also play centrally. Yet he will hope to become a better player than his older brother.
He has featured heavily in pre-season thus far, so we expect to see him on the pitch at some stage today.
If he has a fantastic game then who knows, maybe the Reds might take a look at potentially signing him in the next few weeks.
If both Williams brothers are on the pitch at the same time, Liverpool’s back four will not have an easy run, that’s for sure.