Liverpool are willing to keep hold of Neco Williams this summer after being impressed with his displays on-loan at Fulham.
According to the Liverpool Echo, The Reds are now in ‘no rush’ to sell Williams. That’s despite the player reportedly being made available for transfer both last summer and in January.
The Echo claim that Liverpool were ready to listen to starting bids of £10m, but no suitable offers were forthcoming. Having subsequently sent him on-loan, The Reds are ‘happy’ to keep him at the club.
It’s also reported that Williams preference would be to stay at Anfield, too. However, Fulham are claimed to be keen on taking him back to Craven Cottage next season.
Regarding Fulham’s interest, no discussions are reported to have taken place with the newly-promoted club as of yet.
The argument for keeping Neco
In pure squad depth terms, it makes a lot of sense to keep Williams next season. In his absence, Liverpool are currently without a specialist back-up to Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The 21-year-old has indeed been impressive in a rampant Fulham team who’s promotion was confirmed on Tuesday night.
He hasn’t always looked comfortable when making the step-up to the Liverpool first-team. But with more experience under his belt in a winning team, he will now be better equipped.
There could also be some financial reasoning in keeping the youngster. Should Liverpool want to sell Williams and purchase a player to do the same role, it would be difficult to find as good-a-quality player for less than he would likely sell for.
Why Liverpool should let him go
Despite these reasons, it’s highly unlikely that Williams will get the game-time that he wants while playing second-fiddle to Trent.
Wales could still be heading to the World Cup in Qatar in November and he is pushing hard for a place. Should he return to Anfield and sit on the bench in the lead-up to the tournament, this will impact his chances of making the squad and his fitness if he does.
After his stock has risen in such an impressive way this Spring, it does feel like the right time for a parting of the ways.
Plenty to weigh up.