Liverpool’s 21-year-old midfielder Jordan Williams, who has six months remaining on his current contract and was not in line for a new deal, is set to move to League One today. According to The Liverpool Echo, Charlton Athletic are favourites to sign him on a permanent deal but MK Dons have also signalled their interest.
Williams, who has appeared for Wales at the U17 and U21 levels, arrived at Liverpool in 2014 when he joined the academy’s U14 side from Wrexham. Though he was a mainstay for the club at the youth level, he only ever managed a single appearance for the senior side—in the League Cup against Middlesbrough in 2014.
He made the bench as an unused substitute on five other occasions, and in 2015 saw his contract with the club extended through the summer of 2017. A major first team role, though, always appeared a long shot, and the midfielder has not been a factor at the club under Jürgen Klopp, making his eventual departure seem inevitable.
In addition to his appearance for Liverpool against Middlesbrough, Williams has made eight appearances for Notts County and ten for Swindon Town while out on loan over the past two seasons. At times, he has filled in at centre half for Liverpool’s academy side as well as filling his more regular midfield role.
Any compensation for the sale of the player is expected to be minimal, and instead of a fee up front Liverpool may seek a sell-on clause in case regular minutes in League One see Williams develop significantly and earn a move over the next few years.