06 January 2020 14:37
The Reds embarrassed their local rivals on Sunday. Everton put out their strongest side for the FA Cup third round clash at Anfield but were beaten by what was essentially a Liverpool youth side. There were a number of strong performances in the Liverpool XI but a few were more needed than others – Neco Williams showed that he isn't far off being able to give Trent Alexander-Arnold a rest. Trent has played an incredible amount of football this campaign and has shown week in, week out, that he has the quality to be one of the greatest Scousers to wear the shirt. Unfortunately for him, there are no right backs in the squad anywhere near his level, making rotating him an impossible task.
We have previously insisted that signing backup full backs should be a priority for Jürgen Klopp, however, the performance of Neco Williams showed that we may be able to look closer to home for depth. The Welshman has been moulded to play like our number one right back. We often saw Williams whipping the ball in from deep, his delivery consistently excellent throughout the game. Defensively the youth player was solid, often making Luca Digne look way below average. The last thing that our title bid needs now is an injury to Trent Alexander-Arnold, if we continue to fold Neco Williams in as a rotation option, we can prevent working Trent too hard.
There is also the consideration that if Trent were to have a deputy we would be able to experiment with playing Alexander-Arnold in centre midfield. Liverpool fans think Neco Williams could provide cover for Trent Alexander-Arnold Liverpool fans have taken to Twitter to reveal that they think Neco Williams could provide cover for Trent Alexander-Arnold, following his performance in the 1-0 FA Cup win over Everton. The Reds fielded a weakened side which included academy graduates such as Curtis Jones, Pedro Chirivella, Nathaniel Phillips and Williams himself, while 16-year-old summer signing Harvey Elliott also started. Williams in particular impressed from a right-back role. The 18-year-old contributed at both ends of the pitch, having two shots on Jordan Pickford's goal with one of them finding the target, while also winning two tackles, making one interception and four clearances. The teenager also attempted seven crosses and had 94 touches of the ball, the latter statistic being more than any other player on the pitch managed to have. Can Neco Williams be Trent Alexander-Arnold's back-up? Yes Vote No Vote It was a very impressive performance from the Welshman, who also completed 77.2% of his passes, and his Merseyside derby showing has these Liverpool fans on Twitter thinking the same thing. Neco Williams has been decent. Probably he will save us millions from getting Trent back-up in the market. — Liverpool Hardline (@LFC_Hardline) January 5, 2020 This fan with the username 'Liverpool Hardline' said that Williams "will save us millions" from having to find backup for Alexander-Arnold in the transfer market. If Trent isnt playing in the PL I dont wanna see Milner or Gomez at RB I wanna see Neco it literally makes perfect sense aswell considering he has a similar playing style to Trent — Lee ♤ (@TAA__Lee) January 5, 2020 Additionally, this supporter named Lee said that if Alexander-Arnold isn't playing in the Premier League, he wants to see Williams come in rather than James Milner or Joe Gomez covering for the England international. Neco Williams is ready for the first team, ideal cover for Trent and keeps Gomez CB — Andy (@AndyTheRed83) January 5, 2020 This fan echoed that thought, saying that the Welsh full-back is "ready for the first team" and that Klopp using him at right-back would also keep Gomez at centre-back. Neco Williams will be a very good option when Klopp will want to rest Trent — Dipesh Shah (@mrdipeshashah) January 5, 2020 Neco Williams should start whenever Trent needs a rest, hes more than good enough to cover. — KB (@KB_LFC) January 5, 2020 Meanwhile, these two supporters both suggested that Williams would be a suitable option if Klopp wants to give Alexander-Arnold a rest – on the basis of his performance against Everton, that wouldn't be a bad shout. Thought Neco Williams was absolutely superb and already looks fine back-up for Trent. Stylistically he is similar as well, which is nice. — Matthew Ordish (@MattOrdish) January 5, 2020 Can you remember how much each of these transfer icons cost? Only experts will get 100% on our quiz… 1 of 40 Eric Cantona to Manchester United from Leeds United, 1999 Free transfer £1.2m £2.5m £4.7m Lastly, Matthew mentioned that Williams and Alexander-Arnold are similar "stylistically" and that he "already looks fine back-up for Trent". In other news, these Liverpool fans were all thinking the same thing after Takumi Minamino's debut…