The precocious right-back has emerged from the academy to make five first team appearances this season, setting up a timely assist for Divock Origi on his debut in the thrilling 5-5 Carabao Cup draw against Arsenal in October. He also claimed assists in both of the Reds’ FA Cup clashes against Shrewsbury during the winter.
— Liverpool FC (at ?) (@LFC) April 13, 2020
If Williams can establish a prolonged place in Liverpool’s first team squad in the near future, he stands to emulate team-mate Trent Alexander-Arnold, the 21-year-old right-back who came from the club’s academy to break into the senior side and nail down a regular slot in Jurgen Klopp’s team, with 125 appearances to his name already despite his tender years. Like the England international, Williams is developing a flair for bursting forward from defence and contributing to goals, with three assists after just five senior games for the Reds.
These Liverpool fans took to Twitter to salute the Welsh teenager on his 19th birthday, with one Kopite glowingly referring to him as “Trent v2”:
Happy birthday Neco! ?
It’s a shame Trent Alexander-Arnold is the best right-back in the world because you is 2nd ?
— Jürgen Meister?? (@SS_LFC) April 13, 2020
Happy Birthday Neco. Pity you have someone like Trent playing on your position, because you would be our best RB if he wouldn’t be. Stay awesome and stay safe ??
— Piia ?? (@PiiaMay) April 13, 2020
Trent v2 pic.twitter.com/DI0DQ8GAG2
— j ? (@jltlfc) April 13, 2020
The next starboy
— ? (@FirmiFatale) April 13, 2020
2nd best rb in the prem, happy birthday Neco ?
— Naby Lad SZN (At ?) (@LFCDan3) April 13, 2020
Happy birthday star boy ??
— ? (@ChrisvLFC) April 13, 2020
Happy birthday young king
— Aarohan ? (@Aarohan34469705) April 13, 2020
Happy Birthday King Neco!!! #YNWA
— WATCH HUNTER X HUNTER (@karthik_jammy) April 13, 2020
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