Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes Neco Williams needs to go out on loan next season in order to reach his full potential.
The 18-year-old has made five senior team appearances so far this campaign across the FA Cup and the League Cup, joining Harvey Elliot and Curtis Jones as some of the most exciting young players in Liverpool ’s armoury.
With Trent Alexander-Arnold currently occupying the right-back spot ahead of him, it is unlikely that he will get many first team minutes and Robinson has urged Williams to drop down a division to continue his development.
Speaking to Football Insider , Robinson said: “I like him. He is only 18. Obviously, he has Trent in front of him so his game time will be limited.
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“You can see what Klopp thinks of him by giving him an opportunity in a big game away at Stamford Bridge. You can see that Klopp has got faith in him by giving him an opportunity in that game.
“Whether next season he is going to have to look to go on loan to get a lot more games to develop as a player as Trent is there and he misses very few games.
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“He has a very bright future ahead of him. He will not develop by sitting on the bench but he would command a Premier League loan, not into the Championship.”
Robinson is not the only former player who rates the teenage full-back highly, with Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher claiming that Williams’ progress means the club do not need to go out and sign cover for Alexander-Arnold in the summer.
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“I think Neco Williams, with the way he has played, you wouldn't think about going into the market to buy anyone and you've got Ki-Jana Hoever there as well,” he told the Liverpool Echo last month.
“These young kids now and what they have done are going to save a lot of money in the summer.”
- Liverpool FC
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