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'He had to': Liverpool youngster simply had to leave Anfield in January, says international teammate

Harry Wilson has claimed that Neco Williams ‘had to’ leave Liverpool last January in search of regular football.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, former Liverpool man Wilson says it was the best thing for Williams to leave Anfield on-loan.

“Obviously, Neco had the option halfway through the year to get some game time with Fulham and I spoke to him beforehand,” he said.

“I thought the way we played, the style of football at Fulham, suited him and he came in in January and it was like he had been there for the full year. He’d done really well, managed to get a couple of assists, few goals as well, lots of minutes under his belt.

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“Neco was at a similar age that I was when I had my first loan to Hull, and I feel like when you’re at that age, 20-21, when you need to get first-team football. He was in a decent position at Liverpool to learn from the best right-back in the world but it came a point where he had to go get minutes for himself and it has benefited him massively.

“Everyone can see that when he puts on a Wales shirt. I think we can see from his performance the other day that did him a world of good. And who knows? Maybe he can come back next year.”

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If he is to head back to Fulham next season, he’s likely to cost them around £15m. After his good displays, Liverpool have raised their asking price.

Time to sell this summer

Williams’ loan last season was certainly the right move for everyone. It gave the 21-year-old valuable experience in a very good team. It also helped Fulham to promotion whilst allowing Liverpool to ask for a bigger fee this summer.

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It looks likely that he’ll leave Liverpool on a permanent basis this time around.

He certainly isn’t too good to be sitting on the bench for The Reds. But now that Wales have booked their place at the World Cup this winter, he’ll be desperate to be in the squad.

Given that he broke into the team whilst at Liverpool, he looks pretty assured of his spot whether he leaves or not.

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However, he’ll want to go into the tournament on the back of playing regularly. As Liverpool look to tie up the arrival of 18-year-old right-back Calvin Ramsay, that looks even less likely than before at Anfield.

Another loan could be a solution if no buyer is found. That would surely only be delaying the inevitable though. Wilson found himself in limbo after so many loans himself. The forward has actually only just officially left Liverpool permanently, aged twenty-five.

The Welshman looks to keen to avoid that kind of scenario for his younger countryman. Let’s see what happens this summer.

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