There aren’t many problems in football that come with having a world class 22-year-old right back. One, though—perhaps the only one—is finding a player good enough to back him up in case of injury who’s willing to spend the season on the bench if he stays fit.
That’s a situation Liverpool appear set to face this summer with reports that 20-year-old right back Neco Williams will push for a permanent move away from the club as he sees no clear path to first team football stuck behind 22-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold.
According to The Athletic’s James Pearce, Liverpool will not stand in Williams’ way—at least as long as a club can be found willing to pay their £10M asking price for the young Welsh international. Further, the club will likely not seek a replacement if he departs.
Instead, between centre half Joe Gomez, midfielder James Milner, and promising 17-year-old Conor Bradley, the Reds are said to be content with their options even if Williams leaves. For many, this is a stance that will raise eyebrows after last season’s injury crisis.
Still, the club letting telling briefed journalists they won’t seek a replacement doesn’t always mean they won’t. There’s also last year’s Greek player of the year, Kostas Tsimikas, at the club and expected to remain for the coming season to provide fullback depth.
If the 25-year-old Tsimikas could prove capable of deputising on both sides it would ease the blow of the departure of a dedicated second choice right back while also giving a quality player more chances at seeing the pitch than he had last season.