Nottingham Forest recently signed Neco Williams from Liverpool. Following his announcement on Instagram that he’d be leaving the club, he received messages on Instagram from Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Rhys Williams.
The Reds beat off competition to sign Williams. Fulham, where he spent last season on loan, and Southampton also tried to land the Wales international in recent weeks.
The 21-year-old leaves Liverpool following 15 years at the club. He made 33 appearances for the Reds senior ranks and Jurgen Klopp has praised the player in the past.
Williams is desperate to play regular football. Wales will head to their first World Cup since 1958 this winter and the new Forest performer will hope to play a big part.
It might have proved something of a hard decision choosing to leave Liverpool. The Reds are one of Europe’s best football teams but Williams had fallen way down the pecking order.
Choosing regular game time is an admirable trait in the modern game. Forest might have got themselves a steal too having paid just £17 million for a bright young talent.
Williams receives messages of support shortly after signing for Forest
The full-back was clearly a popular figure inside the dressing room at Anfield. That bodes well for Steve Cooper, with the Forest man keen to continue the team spirit that served the team so well last season.
Several players sent messages to Williams; including Henderson, Milner and Williams who all had kind words to pass on to the newly unveiled Forest player:
Jordan Henderson: “Good luck, mate.”
James Milner: All the best, mate.”
Rhys Williams: “Smash it, brother. Gonna miss my roomie.”
Williams looks likely to replace Djed Spence. He has returned to Middlesbrough following his loan spell and looks likely to sign for Tottenham.
That will mean that Williams has some sizeable boots to fill and he will want to hit the ground running.
His experiences of playing for Liverpool and on the international stage with Wales should place him in good stead.
Forest might have hit the jackpot with this deal and fans are right to be excited to see Williams in action for the Reds.