Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp thinks Neco Williams and Nottingham Forest head coach Steve Cooper are a match made in heaven. The 21-year-old signed for the Reds this morning after 15 years with the Anfield-based giants.
Williams leaves Liverpool with a heavy heart. The club has been a big part of his life for a long time but his desire to play football has outweighed sentiment.
The talented performer has cost Forest around £17 million. He has penned a long-term contract, with Liverpool inserting a 15% sell-on clause into the transfer.
Klopp has suggested that he’d have liked to have kept Williams. He’s claimed, however, that Forest are getting a player who is perfect for Steve Cooper.
He told the club’s official media team: “It’s wonderful news for Neco – a perfect move in many ways. He’s a bright, exciting talent and he’s going to a club that is upwardly mobile at the moment.
“I am a bit fan of their manager and he knows Neco from when he coached at our academy. I think they’ll be ideal for each other.
“It’s not easy to let him leave if I’m being honest. He deserves to play and he’s earned the right to be ready for his international team for the World Cup.”
Williams could thrive under Cooper but there will be work to do
The youngster is a fantastic replacement for Djed Spence. Okay, the two players have different sets of qualities but this looks like a steady addition to the squad.
One area of small concern is Williams’ style of play. Spence was tailor-made for a wing-back role, whereas the former Liverpool man has always operated as a full-back.
Williams is only 21 though. As a result, he should be capable of learning a new role and the link-up with Brennan Johnson could be mesmerising.
This looks like another shrewd signing by Forest. Although the Premier League badges are on Forest’s shirts, it’s good to see the club maintain a clear recruitment strategy.