Liverpool were in talks with the Saints late in the winter transfer window, resulting in Takumi minaminothe surprise half-season of passing through St Mary’s.
Their negotiations began, however, with an investigation into Williams’ availability, with Ralph Hasenhuttl keen to bolster his options at the back halfway through the campaign.
Jurgen klopp has deemed Wales right-back too valuable to be loaned out, although Williams has only played 13 times so far this season, with just two starts in each of premier league and Champions League.
“Sources say the club are looking to sign a permanent left-back and add another player on loan who can provide cover, although an option to buy would be important in this case,” writes Sheldon.
The deal to sign Kyle Walker-Peters to Tottenham in 2020 – initially on loan, which became permanent eight months later – is considered the blueprint, with Williams a target with his Man united namesake Brandon Williams.
Brandon Williams is a natural left-back and has rarely played for United this season, so would fit one of the specifications, while Neco williamsRecent outings as Wales left-back have shown the “level of versatility Southampton are eager to explore.
It is not known if Liverpool would be ready to allow Williams to go on loan, but there appears to be a lack of confidence in the 19-year-old as a regular alternative for Trent Alexander-Arnold at this stage.
A season to Southampton, potentially as a first-choice starter, could give the Welshman a platform to develop his game, ahead of a possible return to Anfield.
But if the Saints were to seek an option to buy, it would present Klopp and Michael Edwards with a difficult choice to take advantage of a player who is not a key name for his club but who is growing in importance for his country.
Williams’ growing reputation internationally can dramatically increase his value, as well as the fact that he already has high profile experience in both fields. premier league and Champions League at such a young age.
However, that would leave Liverpool short at right-back, although the performances of Sepp van den Berg on loan from Preston and Conor Bradley at the academy could offer an immediate solution.