Liverpool prepared to tie 19-year-old full-back down to fresh contract

Liverpool are willing to hand young right-back, Neco Williams, a fresh long-term deal as a reward for breaking through into the senior team this season.

After making his first-team debut in the Carabao Cup towards the end of 2019, the ace was a regular part of Jurgen Klopp’s squad after the Premier League’s restart, and he ended the campaign with 11 appearances and eight starts across all competitions.

The 19-year-old has entered the final year of his existing contract, but as noted by Goal, Liverpool have no intention of letting Neco go and they are ready to hand the talent a new five-year deal as a reward for his impressive development.

Klopp now sees Neco as a fully-fledged member of the first team and is expected to keep the player around as cover for Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The contract renewal will come as the brilliant end to an unbelievable season for Williams.

Neco’s debut brought about an assist for a last-minute equaliser which allowed his side to go on and win on penalties, and that form earned the star a spot in the Club World Cup squad.

While Williams did not make an appearance during the competition, it was the involvement in the senior team which mattered most.

He was expected to make his PL debut soon after, only for the COVID-19 outbreak to put a stop to that.

He was finally given the nod in June’s 4-0 win against Crystal Palace, coming on as a late replacement for Trent, and his first start in the competition came as a left-back in a 3-1 win against Brighton soon after.

The youngster is expected to take up a permanent spot in the first team roster alongside left-back Kostas Tsimikas.

Bundesliga star wants to join Liverpool but Reds unwilling to pay €20m

Thiago to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool has gone relatively quiet over the past week. After initial big reports from the German press about a potential move to the Reds, there has not been a lot added since.

Bundesliga side Bayern Munich have accepted publicly that the ex-Barcelona player has a desire to leave the club, and they are ready to sell him given his current deal has less than a year left to run.

The club need a buyer and the asking price has been put at €20 million. There have been claims the Reds don’t want to go so high, and that would fit in a little with what Kicker are claiming.

The German outlet states Thiago ‘would like to’ sign for the Anfield outfit, which is natural given how attractive a prospect the PL giants is right now.

However, the Merseyside heavyweights’ management are not moving forward for a summer deal right now.

Liverpool have declared their interest with the star, but must first ‘decide on the course of a Corona savings programme’. This could include departures, with midfielder Naby Keita put forward as a possibility by Kicker.

On top of that, Liverpool want to work out how the Spain international would fit into the team, and the board also have doubts about his age and concerns about his injury record.

Thiago may be keen to sign for the English giants, yet it would appear they are holding back for now.

Pacy Greece international defender seals summer move to Liverpool

Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Kostas Tsimikas from Olympiacos on a long-term deal.

The 24-year-old Greece international becomes Jurgen Klopp’s first signing of the summer after putting pen to paper on a contract at Melwood on Monday.

Tsimikas made his senior team debut for Olympiacos back in 2015 and went on to make 86 appearances for the club across all competitions.

The left-back, who is expected to play back-up to the Scotland international Andy Robertson, will wear the No.21 shirt for Liverpool.

Reacting to his move to the Reds, Tsimikas said: ‘I’m very happy, I’m very proud to be here.

‘For me, [it’s] the biggest club in the world. It’s an honour to be here and I will give my best.

‘The league here, I like a lot. I watch it on the TV and it was always one dream I had from when I was a kid to come to play in this league and to come through.

‘With a lot of work and focus on what I do and what the coach wants, and every day working hard in training, I can be on the highest level.

‘[I want] to achieve [our] goals. To win the league again and also to win the Champions League.’

Meantime, Liverpool are allegedly set to hand Neco Williams a new and improved long-term contract.

The 19-year-old ace made the breakthrough into the senior team during the 2019-20 campaign, ultimately ending the campaign with 11 appearances in all competitions, including six in the Premier League.

According to Goal, the club want to reward the teenager for his progress by handing him a deal until the summer of 2025, with the fresh contract expected to include an increase in wages.