Trent Alexander-Arnold became the latest Liverpool man to pick up an injury in their 1-1 draw with Manchester City recently and whilst he is on the sidelines, Neco Williams could be given the opportunity to shine.
The Liverpool Echo have suggested that Alexander-Arnold could be out for a month following his injury and whilst Jurgen Klopp will be relieved that we are currently in the international break, so he won’t be missing the 22-year-old for too long, he will need to think about who will replace the England international at right-back for his upcoming fixtures.
Whilst there may be a temptation to play the experienced James Milner there, with the 34-year-old having played as a right-back 11 times in his career, we feel that Williams should be given an opportunity to start by Klopp, especially when you consider the number of games the Reds have to play between now and Christmas.
The Welsh international is a product of Liverpool’s youth academy and has impressed in both of his Liverpool appearances in the League Cup so far this season, earning a 7.39 rating for his performance in the 7-2 win against Lincoln City, and a 7.84 rating in the 0-0 penalty loss against Arsenal in the next round.
The teenager has earned the praise of Wales boss Ryan Giggs for his recent performances for the national side, with the former Manchester United man describing his performance against Bulgaria as both “outstanding” and “brilliant” (per Sky Sports).
Therefore, Williams has clearly started the season well for club and country and perhaps deserves to start at right-back ahead of Milner, or anyone else Klopp has in mind, in Liverpool’s next fixture, which sees them take on top-of-the-table Leicester City at Anfield.
If Williams can take this opportunity, perhaps we will start to see him in Alexander-Arnold rotating on a more regular basis, to try and prevent the Englishman from picking up more muscle injuries as he did at the Etihad last weekend.