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Liverpool academy chief expects Neco Williams to push Trent Alexander-Arnold

Published on: 14 June 2020

Neco Williams will put pressure on Trent Alexander-Arnold for a spot in Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool side, believes the club's academy director Alex Inglethorpe.

The 19-year-old is one of the brightest young talents at the league leaders, and has made five first-team appearances in his debut campaign.

Now the Welsh youth player is ready to become the understudy to the England international.

'Neco has been a slow burner. Being a right-back is still a relatively new experience for him, as up until the under-15s/under-16s he played as a winger,' Inglethorpe told The Athletic.

'He's a quick learner and such a great lad. He takes everything in his stride. He's a good boy. He's never caused anyone at the academy a moment's bother. He's someone you want to be successful.

'In Neco's mind, he won't see himself as just there to make up the numbers. He's quiet and unassuming but he's also a very determined young man.

'He will put pressure on Trent, I've got no doubt about that. I'd be very disappointed in Neco if he didn't do that and I'd be disappointed in Trent if he didn't recognise that.'

Williams made his professional debut in the Carabao Cup clash with Arsenal last October, setting up Divock Origi for a last-minute equaliser in a 5-5 draw at Anfield.

He was also part of the Liverpool team that travelled to Qatar for the Club World Cup in December.

Having played his part in a behind closed doors friendly against Blackburn this week, he is expected to feature in Liverpool's final nine games of the season.


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