Liverpool youngster Neco Williams had admitted he would like more ‘game-time’ amid rumours he could depart Anfield.
The Welsh international has made just six appearances for far this season, four of them from the start and has only played seven minutes of Premier League football this campaign.
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This has led to rumours beginning to circulate that he could be set to leave the club in order to get more minutes.
Williams should earn more minutes in the next couple of weeks as Liverpool take on Shrewsbury in the FA Cup before Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semi-final over two legs.
Ahead of the Shrewbury tie, which has been heavily affected by a Covid outbreak at the club’s training ground, Williams admitted a goal for this year is earn some more game-time.
Speaking in the official Liverpool match programme (via the Liverpool Echo), Williams said: “I think most players have goals and targets for the new year, to be honest. New year is a time to set goals and see if you can succeed in achieving them.
“For me that is playing games, trying to get as much game-time as I can, doing well and trying to contribute assists when I’m playing.
“Every time I play the main focus for me, when we’ve got the ball, is getting assists. The way full-backs have developed in the last few years, especially as Liverpool, it is all about trying to get as many assists as we can.
“You see it with Trent, with Robbo and with Kostas and myself – we are all trying to help the team score to win games.”
Williams is also targeting scoring his first goal for the Reds.
“I’ve got two for Wales but none for Liverpool so I’m setting it as a target for the new year to try to get on the scoresheet,” said Williams.
“How will I celebrate? It’ll probably be natural, depending on how the game is, but I’ve always liked a knee-slide.
“I did that for Wales when I scored and so maybe if I score for Liverpool and it is the right time then a knee-slide might come out.”