Liverpool are prepared to let defender Neco Williams depart Anfield this summer after he struggled to get game time last season.
What’s the story?
The 20-year-old academy graduate only signed a new five-year deal with the Reds back in August 2020, but after finding opportunities in the first-team limited, he could be set to depart over the coming months.
That’s according to BBC Sport, who claim a minimum asking price of £10 million has been placed on Williams’ head, although he’s reluctant to leave his boyhood club.
He’s been shocking
With a world-class operator ahead of him in Trent Alexander-Arnold, the Wales international was limited to just 14 appearances in all competitions last season.
Only three of those outings came as starts in the Premier League, though, and after spending extended periods of time on the Liverpool bench, he appears to be destined for the exit door.
And in truth, when he has been given the opportunity to showcase his talents, the 20-year-old has often been unable to produce a telling contribution.
Williams managed a passing accuracy of just 79.6% in 2020/21, while also tackling just 66.7% of opponents who attempted to dribble past him, two statistics that only scratch the surface of showing how shockingly bad he performed.
After failing to see the player excel both with and without the ball at his feet, it’s easy to understand why Jurgen Klopp is ready to part ways with the youngster.
In order for Liverpool to bring in their top transfer targets over the current window, the Merseyside outfit may need to sell some fringe players to bolster their budget.
His £10m price tag and £25,000-per-week wage packet would provide a sizeable boost to the funds available to Klopp, allowing the German tactician more room to maneuver in the transfer market.
With the versatile James Milner and Joe Gomez as part of his squad, Klopp can afford to let Williams go, safe in the knowledge that he does have cover for Alexander-Arnold.
It may be ruthless to push a player out of the door at his boyhood club, but that’s exactly what Klopp should do as Williams’ time in the first team at Liverpool have proven that he simply isn’t up to the standard required.