Neco Williams spent the first half of the summer representing Wales at Euro 2020. Now he’s in Austria with Liverpool to finish up the preseason. The defender played the first 45 minutes of their friendly against Mainz. The Reds narrowly beat the German side as the late July sun beat down on them at Untersberg-Arena in Grodig. The game was decided by a late own goal from Mainz player Luca Kilian.
These friendlies are never really about the score, but about the experience and getting the opportunity to prove yourself to the manager.
After the match, Williams spoke to the official site about the game and his hopes for the swiftly approaching new season.
“It’s good to dust the cobwebs [with the] first 45,” Williams said.
“To be honest, I’m feeling good, I’m feeling fit. I got a nice little break off after the Euros but on my break I was working hard and staying fit. I’m just looking forward to what’s to come now.
“Every season you play it only gets bigger and bigger. Last season was good for me, I’m getting the minutes in and getting the game time. Hopefully this season I can play a bit more, keep working hard and keep pushing Trent and Robbo, and hopefully get some game time.”
Williams provided much needed rest for Klopp’s primary full-backs, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson. He earned 25 first team appearances in all competitions, proving himself a capable substitute. If he continues to improve, he could work himself up to being a mainstay in the domestic cup competitions and even challenge for league and European playing time in the future.