Jamie Carragher backs Liverpool starlets Curtis Jones and Neco Williams to break into the first team


Jamie Carragher believes Jurgen Klopp will avoid spending big in the transfer market and instead focus on integrating Liverpool’s young stars into the first team next season.

With such a tight schedule in a season where the club have juggled games in the Premier League, League Cup, FA Cup, Club World Cup, Super Cup and the Champions League, Klopp has turned to the club’s academy stars to ease rotation for his first team players. 

For Carragher, two in particular, Neco Williams and Curtis Jones, who captained the young side that beat Shrewsbury in the FA Cup, are best placed to emerge into the first team group for 2020-21.   

‘We haven’t got great cover at full-back and when you consider Liverpool are the champions of Europe and how good they are, there should probably be another recognised player in those positions,’ Carragher told the Liverpool Echo. 

‘But I do think Neco Williams, with the way he has played, you wouldn’t think about going into the market to buy anyone and you’ve got Ki-Jana Hoever there as well. These young kids now and what they have done are going to save a lot of money in the summer.

‘Curtis (Jones) has kicked on this year but that’s what young players do. When he plays in the younger team, it almost looks like he’s a first-team player dropping down to play with the younger players.’  

Jones, 19, and Williams, 18, have shown the depth at Klopp’s disposal and it has been testament to their form that they have had multiple run-outs this season. 

Jones became the club’s youngest captain in their history when he led the team out against Shrewsbury in their FA Cup fourth round replay. 

He was influential in the match as an own goal ensured a famous Anfield night with the first team stars all on holiday around the world as part of the winter break. 

Williams played at right back and was the one to get the assist for the own goal which decided the game. He has shown in his few appearances to date that he can be an attacking force at full-back.  

Carragher made over 700 appearances for the Reds and knows what it takes to solidify a spot in the first team. 

He finished his career with a Champions League title, two FA Cup wins, three League Cups and only the Premier League evaded him – something the current side will change this season as they dominate the rest of the division.  


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