Neco Williams believes that ‘anything is possible’ after seeing Trent Alexander-Arnold’s impressive rise to first-team, and says the right-back has provided inspiration for Liverpool’s best young talents.
Alexander-Arnold came through Liverpool‘s academy ranks to break into the first team in the 2017/18 season, and has since starred for Jurgen Klopp’s side, winning the Champions League amongst a treble of trophies in 2019, and establishing himself as arguably the best attacking right-back in world football.
Teenage full-back Williams has enjoyed his own first taste of the senior side this season and has impressed, making five appearances for the club in domestic cup competitions as Klopp continues to hand opportunities to several of the Reds’ youngsters.
The 18-year-old admits he has monitored the progress made by fellow right-back Alexander-Arnold in recent seasons, and says the England international’s rise provides inspiration to the club’s next batch of emerging talent.
“It’s just kind of an eye-opener to prove to people that anything is possible with hard work and dedication,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“Trent was at the academy from a young age and he’s gone up through the ranks. Now he’s obviously one of the best right-backs in the world and he’s playing unbelievably.
“So I think for all the academy, it doesn’t matter what position, it’s just an eye-opener to prove to people that it is possible.
“When I’m training obviously I’m trying to focus on myself and my own game but at the same time, I’m watching Trent and trying to study how he plays also and try to take bits and parts of what he does into my game.
“I think that’s what I’ve been doing since I’ve been going up there [Melwood]. That’s definitely improving me as a player.”