Liverpool right-back Neco Williams has emerged as one to watch next season, and The Anfield Talk’s Jack (@anfield_buzz) discusses his rise.
After breaking through under Jürgen Klopp and former under 23’s boss Neil Critchley in this season’s Carabao Cup and FA Cup, the Welshman is continuing to rise up the ranks and is looking to challenge Trent-Alexander-Arnold for the right back slot in the first team.
The Welsh-born player joined Liverpool’s academy at the age of six and progressed through the youth ranks, representing the club at U18’s, U19’s and U23 level. The right back has also featured for Wales U19’s, scoring an impressive four goals in eight appearances.
Neco Williams’ form was rewarded on 30th October 2019 when he made his first team debut in Liverpool’s 5-5 draw with Arsenal in the Carabao Cup. The youngster made a great impact as he provided the last minute assist for Divock Origi, which took the tie to penalties. Liverpool were victorious in the shootout as they won (5-4).
The Welshman then featured for the Reds in their FA Cup fifth round spectacular win against Shrewsbury Town. The game against the League One side was Liverpool’s youngest ever starting line-up. In the next round Williams also featured, but the Reds lost to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Williams has already demonstrated his ability for his domestic club and on the international stage. And it is widely reported that Wales boss Ryan Giggs is keen for the right-back to move up into the national first team.