Liverpool youngster Jordan Williams talks up his versatility

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Liverpool youngster Jordan Williams believes he can break into the first team.

Jordan Williams is agonisingly close to breaking into the Liverpool first team.

The under-21s star has been on the bench for the last four fixtures, and is a regular participant in first team training.

It is not just his undoubted talent which has Brendan Rodgers ready to place his faith in him, but the variety of positions he is able to fill.

Williams believes he can play three different roles for the club if asked, telling Liverpool's official website

"That's my type of game - playing as a holding midfielder. But I don't mind going and playing as part of the three at the back. I played right-back last season [for the U21s] against West Ham United.

"It's just all about learning. You've got to be able to play these positions, so that when the manager calls you up, if he ever asks you to play right-back, you're not going to say, 'I can't,' because that's your job."

Williams' versatility gives him an advantage to break into the first team, and wherever he gets a chance, his performances in the academy offers hope that like Jon Flanagan last season, he will be able to seize it. His ability to play in defence can also allow Emre Can to move forward into midfield.

With Steven Gerrard set to leave Liverpool at the end of the season, Williams has a chance to lift himself into the discussion for a midfield chance next year. 

Whether that comes this season on a regular basis could be a stretch, considering the intense battle for a Champions League spot, but if he can hit the ground running in pre-season, he can really push his case forward.

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