Neco Williams earned plaudits from Wales fans on Friday night. The 20-year-old picked up an assist as his country drew 2-2.
We haven’t seen much of Neco Williams at all this season but he’s still getting games for Wales. He started for his country on Friday night in a 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic.
Williams started on the left of a back five – something that’s become a regular position for him with Wales. He performed well, too, setting up Aaron Ramsey for the opener.
It was a move that will really impress Liverpool, too. Wales cleared a corner and Williams was quick to recognise the counter-attack. He drifted wide on the right, receiving the ball and whipping in a cross from deep.
Dan James was unfortunate not to score from it but the ball found its way to Aaron Ramsey, who composed himself before scoring. It was exactly the type of goal you’d associate with the Reds.
And Williams played as big a part as anyone. His movement and cross were both wonderful, earning him plaudits after the game.
Wales fans on Neco Williams
Williams shone in another area, too – tackling. He won three tackles over his 76 minutes, which was as many as anyone else on the pitch.
Again, Liverpool will like the look of that. Whether a showing like this will earn him more minutes this season, however, is another matter.
Williams is in a very tricky position as a young right back. He’s not much younger than Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has that position sewn up for a long time to come.
We talked back in 2020 about Williams potentially making left-back a position he can play but while he’s achieved that for Wales, the opportunity at Liverpool is gone. Kostas Tsimikas arrived and saw to that.
So we’re not sure what the future holds here. But Williams will know that offering up notable performances when he can will earn him a decent future – at Liverpool or elsewhere.