Liverpool ‘won't regret’ £16m summer transfer decision at Anfield

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Liverpool will not live to regret selling right-back Neco Williams during the transfer window despite Trent Alexander-Arnold’s tough start to the season continuing, according to journalist Dean Jones.

Jurgen Klopp oversaw a summer of change at Anfield and has struggled to get his side playing to their full potential in the opening weeks of the 2022-23 campaign.

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Tuesday night saw the Reds pick up their first points in their Champions League group stage as they beat Ajax 2-1 on Merseyside.

Mo Salah and Joel Matip scored either side of Mohammed Kudus’ equaliser for the reigning Dutch champions, but Alexander-Arnold once again found himself the subject of criticism.

BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand accused the right-back of “ball watching” for the Ajax goal, saying he should have tracked the run of his opponent.

Robbie Fowler also took aim at the 23-year-old for his performance against Napoli last week, saying he ‘lacked desire’ in Italy, while Ferdinand added that Alexander-Arnold’s refusal to track back was ‘unacceptable’.

However, he currently does not have much in the way of competition at Anfield after Williams was sold to Nottingham Forest for £16 million during the summer.

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What has Jones said on the situation?

Jones understands that Liverpool will not regret sanctioning the sale of Williams this summer as the Wales international would not solve their current issues.

The journalist says that Klopp would not have allowed a sale unless he was not in his imminent plans.

When asked about Williams, Jones told GIVEMESPORT: “He hasn’t shown defensively that he would be able to fix this problem that Liverpool have right now so I don’t think that letting him leave will be a regret of the club. Klopp would not have let that happen if he truly rated him.”

What has Williams been up to?

The 21-year-old spent the second half of last season out on loan in the Championship, helping Fulham clinch promotion by scoring two goals and providing two assists.

But it was fellow promotion-winners Nottingham Forest who snapped him up on a permanent deal this summer.

Williams has been an ever-present in Steve Cooper’s side since the move, playing the entirety of their opening six Premier League games.

Jones, however, is likely correct that Liverpool will not regret selling Williams, given the Welshman’s strengths also lie in the final third rather than at the back.

Klopp may well look to add further competition to the area, however, with James Milner the player drafted in in Alexander-Arnold’s place as things stand.

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