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Report: Club plan to sign 'fantastic' 21-year-old Liverpool player permanently but Reds aren't sold

Fulham have a plan in mind for Liverpool youngster Neco Williams this summer, according to reports. He’s currently on loan there.

This comes from the Athletic. They claim Fulham want to sign Neco Williams permanently this summer after a successful loan spell from Liverpool.

The 21-year-old moved down south at the end of the January transfer window. He’s since established himself in a wonderfully successful Fulham side – they’ll likely clinch the Championship title this weekend.

Williams’ performances have earned him rave reviews from manager Marco Silva, too. The boss is clearly a big fan of the Welshman.

“His offensive game has been fantastic for us,” says Silva, again per the Athletic. “He’s a young lad, but always working hard and doing his best. I’m pleased to see the way he has adapted to this football club and our philosophy.”

There’s one hiccup, however – Liverpool aren’t sure they want to sell. They’re yet to decide on Williams’ future and could well decide to keep him at the club next season. Fulham, though, will try to convince them otherwise.

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There’s a lot of uncertainty around this one. Williams himself says he doesn’t know if he’ll be at Liverpool next season – his future is very much up in the air.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 05: Blackburn Rovers’ Tayo Edun competing with Fulham’s Neco Williams during the Sky Bet Championship match between Fulham and Blackburn Rovers at Craven Cottage on March 5, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Andrew Kearns – CameraSport via Getty Images)

But at the end of the day, that’s a good thing. The young right-back has been so good this season that he’s become a very viable option at right-back for Liverpool. They don’t actually have any natural cover for Trent Alexander-Arnold, after all, and Williams could take that slot back.

The question is whether he’d want to. He’s had a taste of proper senior football and returning to a backup role behind one of the world’s best might not be in Williams’ best interests. Liverpool certainly can’t promise him regular game-time.

For what it’s worth, Williams put in some great performances for Liverpool before his loan. There’s undoubtedly value in keeping him around. The Reds, though, must decide what’s best for everyone here.

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