James Pearce has shared his thoughts on Liverpool teenager Neco Williams, during a Q&A on The Athletic.
The Reds’ youngsters have had their fair share of opportunities to impress this season in the cups, as Jurgen Klopp has taken a youthful approach to some games.
This is best embodied by the fact that the side was entirely filled with youngsters during the Carabao Cup loss against Aston Villa and FA Cup win against Shrewsbury Town.
One of those who have taken their chance to show what they are capable of is Williams, as Pearce said: “I rate Neco very highly. He’s had a brilliant season and all the coaches at the academy speak well about him. He’s really impressed Klopp with his attitude and the way he has adjusted to training at Melwood. I think he’s shown in the cup games that he could be trusted to play in the PL if Trent needed a breather.”
It says a lot about how well he has performed that Pearce has suggested the 18-year-old could be in line for Premier League minutes.
So far, he has made five first-team appearances in the cups – which have all come this term – and impressively, already has three assists to his name.
He has also featured on the bench seven times in the league now, so it is fair to say that he isn’t too far away from making the next big step in his career.
Alongside the likes of Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott, Williams’ development will be seen as a seriously encouraging sign for Klopp, who has also helped Trent Alexander-Arnold become a key player at Anfield.
With this in mind, Klopp could find himself in a position where he has two talented academy products looking after the right-back position for years to come.