Liverpool’s reported stance on Neco Williams feels like a tactic for the transfer window. The Reds will get the player back this summer.
The Liverpool Echo report that Neco Williams could stick around at Liverpool next season. He’ll return from his loan with Fulham next month, almost certainly as a title-winner.
In fact, Williams has had a brilliant half-season for Fulham with manager Marco Silva labelling him ‘fantastic’. He’s established himself as a senior player, providing a few goals, assists and all-around displays that really boost his profile. Essentially, the loan has been everything Liverpool and Williams wanted it to be.
That goes some way to explaining why the Welshman could remain on Merseyside next season, then. Why wouldn’t Jurgen Klopp want a talented 21-year-old in his squad? Especially when the Reds are light at right-back.
But we still believe this is a transfer window tactic. Williams, surely, won’t be at Anfield for the 2022/23 campaign.
Neco Williams and Liverpool
To be clear, we believe Williams is more than good enough to be Liverpool’s backup right-back. He’s got enough talent to be in the first-team squad and keeping him around really does make some sense.
But we also find it hard to believe that Liverpool would do that. Williams has thrived with Fulham and will return to the club as a better player – and that’s after only four months away.
A full year-long loan would be incredibly beneficial for Williams, either at Fulham or somewhere else. It’s the kind of development Liverpool simply cannot provide right now, with Trent Alexander-Arnold dominating the right-back slot.
The Reds must find him that new loan, then, and that’s why we believe this is a transfer tactic. Showing a potential desire to keep him would bring about better offers, rather than giving the impression that Liverpool actively want to move him out.
Even though we hope they don’t sell Williams, Liverpool will want a decent loan fee. Williams’ talent deserves one and that’s surely what this is really about. For his sake, we hope the 21-year-old still leaves Anfield on loan this summer.