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Trent Alexander-Arnold says Liverpool's academy stars should all be following the lead of Neco Williams after hailing the defender as a role model.
Williams is providing solid competition for Alexander-Arnold at right-back following an impressive breakthrough campaign last season.
While he faces a real battle to dislodge the England star, Williams has already shown his qualities.
He eventually racked up 11 first-team appearances in all competitions during the 2019/20 campaign, and Alexander-Arnold feels his deputy is destined for the top.
“Neco is an amazing talent, he is someone who we all look to as being someone who can play for the club for a long amount of time and will have a bright future no matter what,” Alexander-Arnold told Liverpool's website.
Alexander-Arnold has hailed Neco Williams as a role model to Liverpool youngsters
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“I think he is on the right path, for sure. Mentally, he’s ahead of people his age, he’s getting the right experience in training; playing against the best players in the world can only improve you.
“So, all the young players at the club will be looking up to people like Neco and trying to push to be in that position to be up at Melwood and training with the first team all the time. He showed at the back end of last season he’s good enough to be given the chance and hopefully he'll be able to kick on.”
Williams first got his chance in the senior side as Liverpool rotated in the cup competitions to deal with their heavy workload.
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Of all the youngsters on display during those fixtures it was Williams and Curtis Jones who have made the step up on a regular basis.
While Jones' development was perhaps more foreseen, Williams' rise has been a pleasant surprise to those at Liverpool.
He has since been rewarded with his good work for his club with a new five-year contract and by earning a call-up to represent Wales, even scoring the winner on his home debut.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said at the time of Williams penning a new deal: "Great news. Great news for him, great news for us.
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Williams made 11 appearances last season and looks set to play a bigger part
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“There is a lot of work to do, but there is already a lot of skills and potential there and that makes it so exciting.
“Neco from the first day he trained with us, he trained like a machine. Every day he became better and better and better and I thought, ‘OK, what’s that?!’
“We want to prepare him for his career, yes, and in his position in which he will probably play, there is a really, really good player in that position. But Trent cannot – and should not and never did – play 500 games a season, so we need to have options there. Neco is as close as possible for his age group."
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