On the subject of Williams, Pearce had this to say about the defender.
He said: “I think Neco’s had some unfair criticism this season, bearing in mind he’s only 20 years of age. So, again, there’s a decision to be made there in terms of is his development best served by staying put as [Trent Alexander-Arnold’s] deputy or actually has this season shown that Neco maybe does need a season out on loan playing week-in-week-out, so maybe the right-hand side is maybe something to think about in the market.”
Since then, the 20-year-old, who is currently valued at £9 million, has gone on to make 24 appearances for Liverpool’s senior side in which he has managed to provide three assists along the way (per Transfermarkt).
TIF Thoughts on James Pearce’s comments on Williams…
Williams has only made five appearances for Liverpool in the Premier League this season and hasn’t completed a full 90 minutes once in any of those appearances. He was also not included in Liverpool’s squad for their two previous league fixtures, suggesting to us that he is not seen as a vital figure in the squad at the moment, especially compared to Trent Alexander-Arnold, who has started 27 league games so far this season.
Should Liverpool loan out Neco Williams next season?
In our view, unless Williams gets assurances that he will get regular playing time at Liverpool next season, then perhaps a loan move away elsewhere would be beneficial for the Welshman’s development.