Liverpool coach hails progress of Jordan Williams

Liverpool's under-21 coach says Jordan Williams is destined to be a first team star.

Jordan Williams' first team credentials have been backed by Liverpool's under-21 coach who has praised his progress.

Michael Beale told the club's official website that he feels Williams has made a big improvement over the past 12 monhts.

The 19-year-old midfielder figured as Liverpool beat Everton 2-1 in an under-21 match on Monday night, with goals from Daniel Cleary and Harry Wilson.

Beale said: "I think you see a massive difference in Jordan. I remember last year he was coming into the team after a long injury and now you can see that power and that confidence that's stemmed from training with the first team every day.

"We've got to make sure we keep giving him minutes when we can. It's obviously exciting that he's at Melwood and I'm sure he'll be a Liverpool player for years to come."

Williams has been on the first team bench for the last four matches, and is clearly highly rated by manager Brendan Rodgers.

Rodgers selected Williams earlier in the season against Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup. He is a Welsh under-21 international.

The midfielder will find it tough to break into the first team at this crucial stage of the season, but with Steven Gerrard and Lucas Leiva already out with injury, more fitness problems could yet see him thrown in at the deep end.

Glowing praise from his under-21 boss is only likely to help convince Brendan Rodgers that Williams would be capable of making the step up to the first team.

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