This summer, Jurgen Klopp will have the opportunity to rule over Liverpool’s defense options.

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This summer, Jurgen Klopp will have the opportunity to rule over Liverpool’s defense options.

Leading club managers rarely have time to unwind during international events like Euro 2020.

Rather than relaxing after a long season, coaches are often left crossing their fingers that their players will return home safely.

Jurgen Klopp will almost certainly be the same.

Indeed, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has already seen Trent Alexander-Arnold limp home before the competition has even begun, with the right-back already facing a race against time to be healthy in time for the start of pre-season after sustaining a thigh injury while playing for England.

However, there is one youngster who Klopp would almost surely be glad to see get some playing experience in the coming weeks – Liverpool’s deputy for Alexander-Arnold for the previous 18 months.

After all, the Reds’ Neco Williams has spent the majority of the season kicking his heels on the bench.

In August, the 20-year-old was named to the starting lineup for the Community Shield match against Arsenal at Wembley.

Despite being in the starting lineup for all but nine of Liverpool’s 53 games, the defender only made 14 appearances, nine of which were starts.

When Alexander-Arnold was injured for five weeks in November, Williams had a rollercoaster ride in the team, with one particularly bad afternoon at Brighton and Hove Albion triggering a half-time substitution and unfair vitriol on social media.

He replied with strong performances against Ajax, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Fulham as a substitute.

Williams, on the other hand, has made just two Premier League games in the last six months, appearing for a total of 168 minutes in all competitions, his opportunities limited by Alexander-improved Arnold’s form.

It’s the polar opposite of his experience in Wales. In March, the defender started both World Cup qualifiers and came off the bench in the friendly win over Mexico.

Williams was perhaps his country’s greatest player in their final Euro 2020 warm-up encounter against Albania, after having an incredibly harsh red card in a friendly against France overturned last week.

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