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Gary Neville helps show Liverpool future after title win

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Since Liverpool kicked-off against Crystal Palace last Wednesday, it's fair to say a lot has happened and subsequently also been missed. The understandable absence of talk for the magnificent performance, or the excellence of a team who tore its opponent to shreds in an empty cauldron all went by the wayside, as did a very impressive cameo.

Neco Williams' reputation as a serious Liverpool squad option is gathering at a ferocious pace. The youngster was extremely impressive in his short spell on the pitch, with one particular move seeing him cutting inside and unleashing a left-footed effort into The Kop.

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Williams' is a story Liverpool and its manager love. A player who has applied himself, listened and improved beyond recognition. Trent Alexander-Arnold has also spoke of his admiration for the player who now serves as a genuine understudy to the 21-year-old at right-back. Of course, Williams is not alone. He stands on par with Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliot as Liverpool's brightest prospects, while the likes of Leyton Stewart continues to impress and Rhian Brewster gains valuable Championship experience at Swansea City.



Harvey Elliot will be another player pushing for more minutes next season. (Image: (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images))

It can be argued Liverpool now has its own "class of '92", referencing Manchester United's early 1990's influx of players such as David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers, Phil and Gary. Alan Hansen was famously proved wrong about United's youthful approach with his "you win nothing with kids" line. But there is a more poignant point about the United youngsters which might serve this Liverpool crop well.



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Within their first two years of breaking through, just as Alex Ferguson was beginning to assert a dominance by winning trophies at Old Trafford, the group had collectively played just 39 minutes of Premier League football. However, in 1994/95, Gary Neville clocked up 1449, Butt 1035, Scholes 792, Beckham 204 and Phil Neville 119 minutes. All were 19 years of age apart from the latter Neville, then 17.

Their breakthrough coincided with the natural ending to the United careers of Dennis Irwin, Steve Bruce, Paul Ince and Brian Robson around this time. And although the Liverpool youth probably won't be afforded a similar transition into first-team life, it certainly seems United winning the Premier League for the first time in 1993 after their own 26 year wait eased the burden placed on the club.

It arguably allowed United to plot and plan, and importantly to trust the youngsters in their ranks. Given the transfer difficulty now facing the football world, Klopp will definitely look to boost the appearances of his youth prospects next season. United are historical proof this shouldn't be met with the type of doom it sometimes is in certain quarters. Now that the title weight has been lifted, Liverpool can start to use these players more. And in the case of Neco Williams' progression in recent weeks, that is currently no bad thing at all.


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