Liverpool youngster Neco Williams’ father, Lee, spoke to The Leader about his son’s choice of clubs before moving to Anfield.
Williams was handed his first Premier League start against Brighton last night and the youngster’s family, predictably, were proud of the teenager.
However, the young defender’s future could have been very different. Williams’ father revealed in the interview that his son could easily have joined Manchester United, the club his whole family supported.
Lee Williams said: “When he was at home, we had people messaging and knocking on the door asking him to sign this and sign that and he’s only too happy to do it”
“I’m a (Manchester) United fan and Neco followed his dad – as you do – and supported them when he was younger. He was training at both clubs and he had the choice and chose Liverpool.”
Liverpool fans have had the upper hand in the banter between the two rivals in recent years and this revelation adds more fuel when it comes to bragging rights between the two sets of supporters.
Williams has an excellent future ahead of him. The young right-back is fighting for a place ahead of Trent Alexander-Arnold which is never an easy task.
However, with Liverpool’s first-choice right-back capable of playing further up in midfield, Williams might get regular opportunities in his natural position.
The youngster also showed that he is capable of playing at left-back as well. That opens up another door for him and Klopp has the history of not being too afraid to hand opportunities to young players.
Missed opportunity for Man United?
Manchester United supporters wouldn’t be too fussed at the moment considering how good their own youngsters are.
However, if Williams follows the same path as Alexander-Arnold, the Old Trafford faithful might just regret how their club failed to convince the youngster to snub the Reds.