Given his chance to stake a claim to first team minutes last season, 19-year-old academy product Neco Williams impressed in 11 senior appearances—including six in the league to earn the young Welshman a Premier League medal.
Now, as if to confirm his expected growing role in the first team, he has agreed a new long-term deal, which he spoke about during a break in pre-season training in Austria as he and the rest of his teammates prepare to defend their title.
“It feels amazing,” he told the club’s official website. “At the minute for me, I think there is no better place to learn and to become a better player. We’ve got some of the best players in the world and we’re one of the best teams in the world.
“For me personally, especially learning off Trent [Alexander-Arnold] and [Andy Robertson] every day, getting their advice, it’s only going to make me a better player and I feel it. Like I said, I don’t think there is a better place for me.”
Williams will be expected to serve as Alexander-Arnold’s primary backup on the right this season, though with the arrival of more veteran Kostas Tsimikas to back up Robertson on the left he may have to fight harder for those minutes.
Still, even if there’s only room for one on the bench most weeks, with Liverpool facing a compressed season with commitments in the Premier League, domestic cups, and Champions League, he should get plenty of chances.