For Williams and Wilson, however, this summer represents a potential final audition for the couple as they look to work their way into Klopp’s plans for the upcoming campaign.
And with Liverpool gearing up for a whole series of friendlies in Austria over the next few weeks, it could provide the pair a perfect opportunity to showcase each other.
For Wilson, who recently turned 24, it seems likely the ship has sailed for him to Anfield as he returns from a one-season loan with Cardiff City, his fifth senior loan away from Anfield.
Liverpool have already turned down their interest in the Welsh winger this summer, with Benfica making an official approach. However, the deal made no progress as the Reds missed their £ 13million valuation of the winger.
Liverpool do not want to sanction another loan deal for Wilson, who put a number of clubs on high alert after his league performances last season, where he contributed 19 goals and assists.
As far as Williams is concerned, he appears to be a player Liverpool are not actively looking to get rid of this summer given he is playing the role of Trent Alexander-Arnold’s deputy.
But for this reason, the Reds understand the 20-year-old defender’s desire to play week after week as he wants to become a regular in his native Wales.
Anfield sources have told ECHO the club expect Williams to press for a transfer after returning from Euro 2020.
Liverpool are believed to be ready to negotiate a deal for the full-back, with the £ 10million price tag for the young defender.
Nonetheless, the next batch of friendlies could strengthen Williams’ case for gaining Klopp’s trust and lightening the workload for Alexander-Arnold.
As Alexander-Arnold recovers from a thigh injury, although Klopp has revealed that he expects the defender to play Tuesday night against Innsbruck or Stuttgart, there is every reason to believe that the minutes of the West-derby Academy graduate could be wisely managed over the next few weeks to stagger his workload ahead of the new campaign.
Andy Robertson played 50 times in all competitions for Klopp’s side last season and over the past three seasons he’s played 147 times, 13 more than Alexander-Arnold.
The minutes the pair have amassed is not a good read, especially against the backdrop of the last quarter’s truncated campaign and the number of muscle injuries that are occurring in the league.
With that in mind, Williams might perhaps be wise to stay at Anfield as there are plenty of minutes to spare.
The Welshman has only started one game for the Reds in 2021, a 1-0 loss to Fulham, but he perhaps shouldn’t take the latest campaign as a true indication of the minutes on offer.
Injuries to Virgil Van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joel Matip meant Klopp’s defense was at times heavily depleted, resulting in the inexperienced trio of Nat Phillips, Rhys Williams and Ozan Kabak at the heart of the defense.
It remains to be seen where Williams and Wilson end up – and if Liverpool can raise a total of £ 20million + that they would seek to part ways with them.
The duo are unlikely to feature in any of Tuesday night’s mini-games, but they could be ready to take on FSV Mainz 05 next Friday as their team auditions – or showcase activities – intensify. .
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