Liverpool block move after Premier League side make offer for defender

Samuel Bannister
Neco Williams, Rhys Williams

Liverpool have turned down an approach from Southampton to take Neco Williams on loan, according to reports.

Williams has started just two Premier League games this season as he is firmly behind Trent Alexander-Arnold in the pecking order at Anfield.

The Wales international will be keen for more gametime as he continues his development. However, he will not be on his way out on Deadline Day.

According to Sky Sports, Southampton made an offer to take Williams on loan for the rest of the season. They are currently on the lookout for more options in the full-back areas.

Williams had been identified as a short-term target, but Liverpool have decided against allowing him to leave.

With no other options at right-back behind Alexander-Arnold, the Premier League champions were reluctant to let the 19-year-old make the switch to the South Coast.

Instead, they will keep hold of him until the end of the season.

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Southampton miss out on another

Williams was the latest in a long line of full-back targets Southampton have been looking at. Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Manchester United’s Brandon Williams and Tottenham’s Japhet Tanganga were also on their shortlist.

They have been unsuccessful in all of those pursuits though, and face the same fate with their attempts to sign Williams.

The teenager will hope to build upon the four Premier League and three Champions League appearances he has made so far this season.

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