Liverpool youngster Neco Williams will sign a huge new five-year deal at the club backed by the promise of first-team football from boss Jurgen Klopp, according to a report.
Wales youngster Williams enjoyed an impressive first season for the Reds, making his debut in October. He played a starring role to help Liverpool get past Arsenal in the thrilling EFL Cup tie at Anfield.
And while he did not make a single appearance until June, the speed of Liverpool’s title win allowed Klopp to give the right-back extra minutes before the end of the campaign.
According to Goal, the 19-year-old impressed overall and Liverpool will now reward him by extending his contract at Anfield until 2025.
Indeed, the source adds that Klopp considers Williams a “first-team player” from next season. Liverpool, while spending to find back-up at left-back, are now unlikely to do similar on the opposite flank.
Klopp included Williams in the squad that travelled to Qatar for the successful Club World Cup campaign. He then made his Premier League debut in the 4-0 win over Crystal Palace at Anfield.
He went on to collect a Premier League winners’ medal with five further appearances. His first start in the top flight came in the 3-1 win over Brighton.
Goal adds that the contract will be a “standard reward renewal”, following the extensions of fellow youngsters Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott.
Klopp revealed in June his excitement at having star young players fighting for game time.
He said: “As a football club we are not worried about the future. “We have a good team, a fantastic academy and a good age group.
“But the future is already prepared with a few really really good footballers around us. And I’m really happy that the boys see it the same way. For young players the biggest plus they have is time.”
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Meanwhile, reports claim Liverpool are considering a move for Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks.
The Welshman returned from a serious injury recently but could not steer the Cherries away from relegation.
Now, the latest speculation says Bournemouth believe he could well leave given his potential.