Liverpool currently have a number of players in their senior squad that have made their way through the youth ranks at the Merseyside club such as Curtis Jones, Caoimhin Kelleher and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
One other player that has worked his way through the youth sides at Liverpool to become a member of Jurgen Klopp’s squad is Neco Williams.
Williams made his senior debut for the Reds back in October 2019 in a Carabao Cup victory over Arsenal after racking up a total of 33 appearances for Liverpool’s U18 side and 25 for their U23 side, scoring two goals and providing two assists in the process.
Since making his senior debut, Williams has only managed to make 28 appearances for the Reds across all competitions, which can be put down to the fact that the Welshman has had to compete with Alexander-Arnold for the right-back spot, who has managed to score 11 goals and provide 50 assists in 191 appearances.
However, with Liverpool set to temporarily be without Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane during the upcoming AFCON tournament, journalist Ben Bocsak has recently suggested that Klopp could utilise Williams in a more attacking position with Mane and Salah away.
Bocsak also said that if this were to happen, Liverpool could well “discover their very own Gareth Bale in the process,” who played as a left-back in the early stages of his career before becoming one of Europe’s top attacking talents.
Given how Williams will have spent time with Bale during their time with Wales during the Euros over the summer, the 20-year-old, who is currently valued at £7.2m according to Transfermarkt, will have some knowledge of knowing how Bale plays and trains.
Moving forward, while it would be a gamble to play Williams in a more attacking position this season while Mane and Salah are away given how he’s only played in the full-back positions for Klopp’s side, it could be a gamble that would be worth taking if it pays off and Williams manages to be a useful attacking threat for the Reds.
However, with Liverpool having the likes of Diogo Jota, Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino in their squad to fill in for Mane and Salah while they’re away, who are predominantly attacking players, it would make sense for Klopp to utilise those players before taking any risks.