Southampton have been unsuccessful of their try and signal Neco Williams on mortgage in January, however have been tipped to return with a loan-to-buy method in the summertime.
Liverpool have been in talks with the Saints late into the winter switch window, leading to Takumi Minamino‘s shock half-season swap to St Mary’s.
Their negotiations started, nevertheless, with an enquiry over the supply of Williams, with Ralph Hasenhuttl eager to bolster his choices at full-back halfway by the marketing campaign.
Jurgen Klopp deemed the Wales right-back too beneficial to ship out on mortgage, regardless of Williams having solely performed 13 occasions thus far this season, together with simply two begins in every of the Premier League and Champions League.
However that has seemingly not deterred Southampton, with The Athletic‘s Dan Sheldon reporting on their plans to signal two full-backs forward of 2021/22.
“Sources point out the membership wish to signal a everlasting left-back and add one other participant on mortgage who can present cowl, though an possibility to purchase can be necessary on this occasion,” Sheldon writes.
The deal to signal Kyle Walker-Peters from Tottenham in 2020 – initially on mortgage, which turned everlasting eight months later – is seen because the blueprint, with Williams a goal alongside together with his Man United namesake Brandon Williams.
Brandon Williams is a pure left-back and has not often featured for United this season, and would due to this fact match one of many specs, whereas Neco Williams‘ latest outings as a left wing-back for Wales have proven the “stage of versatility Southampton are eager to discover.”
Whether or not Liverpool can be prepared to permit Williams to go away on mortgage is unclear, however there seems to be a scarcity of belief within the 19-year-old as an everyday various for Trent Alexander-Arnold at this stage.
A season at Southampton, probably as a first-choice starter, might give the Welshman a platform to develop his recreation, earlier than a doable return to Anfield.
But when the Saints have been to hunt an possibility to purchase, it could current Klopp and Michael Edwards with a troublesome selection of whether or not to money in on a participant who isn’t a key title for his membership however is rising in significance for his nation.
Williams’ burgeoning repute at worldwide stage might enhance his worth considerably, together with the very fact he already has top-level expertise in each the Premier League and Champions League at such a younger age.
Nevertheless, it could go away Liverpool quick at right-back, although the performances of Sepp van den Berg on mortgage at Preston and Conor Bradley within the academy might provide a direct resolution.