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Liverpool struck gold by selling Neco Williams

Jurgen Klopp and Michael Edwards’ diligence in the transfer market has arguably been the club’s biggest strength since he joined Liverpool.

Signing players such as Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz for transfer fees that have since looked like incredible value is something the German is keen to repeat as he chases more glory.

His ability to get fees for underperforming or underused players should also not be ignored, with Dejan Lovren, Harry Wilson, and Takumi Minamino all being excellent examples.

However, selling Neco Williams this summer for a fee of £16m to Nottingham Forest, especially considering the lack of game time he would have received this season, has been a masterstroke by Klopp.

Klopp robbed Forest

Williams did make 33 appearances for Liverpool after emerging from the youth system but it was unlikely he was going to overtake Trent Alexander-Arnold for the right-back position.

He was even dubbed “out of his depth” by athlete Ryan Crouch and with Calvin Ramsey arriving at the club in the summer to provide competition for Alexander-Arnold, the German moved him on to Forest and it has turned out to be a wise move.

The 21-year-old has played in 13 Premier League matches this season, averaging a SofaScore rating of 6.85. It’s a solid if unspectacular rating but alongside the rest of the Forest side, he has again looked out of his depth at times.

The club have kept just two clean sheets while he has featured and the defender has been dribbled past on average 1.1 times per match.

Losing possession 16.5 times per match ranks him second in the Forest squad, and while he does have some solid stats such as making 0.8 key passes (second in the squad) he hasn’t quite lived up to last season’s performances for Fulham.

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Granted these numbers were in the Championship, but with his talent, Williams should have been able to make the transition with more confidence.

The full-back is still young and has time to continue his development, but by receiving £16m for the player in the summer, Klopp has performed an excellent piece of business.

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