Liverpool Youngster Neco Williams To Push For Summer Transfer
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp could be set to oversee a minor squad overhaul this summer with incomings and outgoings expected.
Having already secured the signing of Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig, the Reds could look to sell a number of fringe players in order to fund any further deals.
The likes of Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri, Marko Grujic and Harry Wilson have all been touted as possible permanent departures should adequate offers be forthcoming.
One name that has previously been left unmentioned is that of young right-back, Neco Williams.
The 20-year-old Welshman had attracted loan interest from Southampton in February and there had been murmurings of more admirers in the pipeline.
As the recognised understudy to Trent Alexander-Arnold, the desire was always likely to be keeping the starlet at Anfield as Klopp would be reticent to leave the squad short on options once again.
However, according to a report from The Athletic, Williams is expected to push for a permanent switch during this transfer window in order to find regular first-team football.
As such, Liverpool have set an asking price of £10million for the full-back, with Leeds United, Aston Villa and Burnley joining the Saints as interested parties.
Perhaps most surprisingly of all, the report claims the Reds wouldn't be in the market for a replacement, suggesting occasional right-back Joe Gomez and academy prospect Conor Bradley will be tasked with filling in when necessary.
Despite the injury issues suffered within the squad last term, Williams made just 14 appearances across all competitions in 2020/21 - including three Premier League starts.
Capped on 13 occasions by Wales, the £7.2million valued youngster would present a shrewd deal for all involved as Liverpool go in search of squad reinforcements.
As ever with a player sale, transfer chief Michael Edwards will be hoping to accentuate the deal from the Reds' perspective - perhaps looking to include the player in a deal for a target elsewhere - similarly to the use of Ki-Jana Hoever in the signing of Diogo Jota last summer.