Liverpool academy graduate Neco Williams has reportedly emerged as a loan target for multiple Premier League clubs including Burnley and Norwich City.
According to an exclusive report from TEAMtalk, Liverpool youngster Neco Williams is a man in demand heading into the summer transfer window, with several clubs asking the Reds about a potential loan deal for the defender.
Williams, a product of the Liverpool youth academy, has been with the club since 2009 when he signed as an eight-year-old. The right-back has progressed steadily through the ranks at the club and got his big break at the first-team level in 2019 in a Carabao Cup clash against Arsenal. Since then, the 20-year-old has racked up 25 appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side, registering three assists in the process.
Williams is held in the highest of regard within Liverpool as well as by Klopp but the youngster had to be taken out of the firing line when he came in for heavy online abuse after a couple of off-colour performances, including the Reds’ 7-2 loss to Aston Villa in the Premier League last year. That limited him to just 14 appearances over the course of the campaign.
As a result, Liverpool are considering the possibility of loaning him out in the summer to help the youngster get some regular playing time to continue his progress. This development has seemingly a host of clubs, with newly-promoted Norwich City said to be among them. The Canaries are back in the big leagues just after a year down in the Championship but are staring at the prospect of losing some of their top stars this summer.
Indeed, Emiliano Buendia has been a subject of multiple bids by Arsenal while right-back Max Aarons has been on the radars of several top clubs including the likes of Arsenal and Manchester united. And should they end up losing the young defender this summer, Norwich are considering replacing him with Williams by securing the Welshman’s services on a season-long loan deal.
Burnley, too, are interested in signing Williams temporarily this summer with Phil Bardsley’s contract expiring at the end of this month. Even if he does stay, the ex-Manchester United trainee is 35 years old. With Matthew Lowton the only other option at right-back, Sean Dyche’s side, who are also interested in another Liverpool defender in Nat Phillips, have set their sights on a loan deal for Williams.
In addition to these two clubs, Championship sides Swansea City, Cardiff City, Stoke City and Barnsley have all asked about a potential loan switch for the Welshman. With Liverpool open to a temporary exit, it seems very much likely that Williams will be plying his trade away from Anfield next season. As to where it will be, remains to be seen.