Liverpool aren’t interested in sending Neco Williams out on-loan again for the 2022/23 season.
That’s according to the Liverpool Echo, who claim that The Reds have ‘no intention’ of sanctioning a loan deal for Williams.
Instead, if the 21-year-old leaves the club, it’ll be on a permanent basis. With both Nottingham Forest and Fulham reportedly seen as ‘serious contenders’ for Williams, the Echo cite ‘club sources’ as expecting the player to leave.
Liverpool will reportedly ask for around £15m for the Wales international.
The right time to sell
It had been reported over the weekend that Williams would in fact be allowed to leave on-loan again. It was even claimed that this would be Liverpool’s preferred outcome this window.
In actuality, it would seem the right time to sell the right-back.
His stock could rise after another impressive loan and a good World Cup. But £15m sounds like the top-end of that scale anyway.
Liverpool have spent a fair chunk this window in securing the services of Darwin Nunez. A percentage of that will be recouped from the Sadio Mane sale, but Liverpool should use the assets they have to make this back even further.
Those assets would include Williams, who is currently one of The Reds’ most saleable players.
The way he played whilst on-loan at Fulham last season has raised awareness of his quality and potential. Cottagers boss Marco Silva called him ‘fantastic’ via The Athletic, and his displays were of a consistently high standard.
Having proved he can cut it in the first-team of a Premier League quality squad, interest in him should be forthcoming.
Liverpool confirmed the signing of Calvin Ramsay yesterday. As a result, they are now well-stocked in back-up’s for Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Ramsay is three years younger than Williams and the coaching staff are excited about his potential. At this point, there seems little sense in delaying finding Neco a permanent home.