Danny Mills has urged Neco Williams to go out on loan next season after making his full Premier League debut for Liverpool last week.
The former Leeds and Manchester City full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, encouraged the 19-year-old to “be realistic” and accept the chances at Anfield will be limited next year.
Williams made his first league start for the Reds in a 3-1 victory away at Brighton last weekend.
The Welsh right-back has made 10 appearances in all competitions this season and has earned plaudits for his outstanding performances in the cup competitions.
However, with the Trent Alexander-Arnold, 21, ahead of the teenager it is difficult to see a where the right-back would fit into Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI anytime soon.
When asked by Football Insider if this was a major concern for Williams, Mills said: “You have to be realistic at times.
“It is the club that he loves but is he going to play week in, week out? How many opportunities is he going to get? He could sit on the bench and play at Liverpool which might be his dream or will he go and play regular football.
“I would suggest that a season-long loan would be the best thing to start with. Go out and prove your worth. If he has a really good season then reassess.
“Go out on loan 30 games under your belt and then come back with experience next season.”
Trent told the BBC: “He has shown signs of being a really, really talented player.
“With the right attitude, which he’s got, he has got the potential to be a world-class player.”
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