Liverpool will reportedly hand Neco Williams a new long-term contract to keep the up-and-coming defender at Anfield until 2025.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is keen to reward 19-year-old Williams for his impressive senior debut campaign, during which he helped the club win the Club World Cup and the Premier League.
Williams’ first senior appearance came in the dramatic 5-5 draw with Arsenal in the Carabao Cup last October, during which he provided a vital last-minute assist for Divock Origi to take the game to penalties.
The Wales U19 international has since made a further 10 first-team appearances, including six in the league to earn himself a winners’ medal from Liverpool’s triumphant campaign.
Klopp is keen to acknowledge Williams’ contributions with a new deal, according to Goal , and the news comes after fellow youngsters Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones signed new deals with the Reds last month.
Williams joined Liverpool’s set-up at the age of six and spoke of how he continues to hone his trade by watching fellow academy product and right-back rival Trent Alexander-Arnold.
“Definitely – in training now as I’m playing I’m watching him, I’m taking things in and taking stuff that he does into my game,” Williams told Liverpoolfc.com.
“In training now I’m pushing. I’m pushing him and he’s pushing me and it’s nice to have a little battle because I’m trying to fight for a place and so are all the other lads, so there’s nothing stopping us from trying to perform and putting in the hard work in training to fight for a place.”
Though Alexander-Arnold is established as first choice on the right of defence, Williams also outlined his aim of earning more game time.
He added: “I just need to keep doing what I’m doing in training: keep improving, keep working hard, believe in myself and keep getting the minutes in.
“Because if I’m doing that then for sure, the boss will hopefully give me some game time and I’ll show to everyone what I can do and what I’m capable of doing.”
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