The appointment of Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool manager last year has not only brought a new lease of life as far as the first team is concerned, but it has also given the club’s youth players a greater sense of hope.
Welshman Jordan Williams made his first team debut back in September 2014 when he featured in midfield before scoring in the penalty shootout to help Liverpool overcome Middlesbrough in the League Cup.
His journey, since then, has seen him enjoy a loan spell at Notts County before joining Swindon Town on another temporary deal last year- only for his season to quickly come to an end when he picked up a serious knee injury.
Last week’s defeat against Manchester City for the U23s marked his first appearance since another injury setback that he suffered in August.
Despite the disruptions, Williams remains hopeful that he still has a chance at Liverpool having seen Klopp hand opportunities to other youth stars.
He told the Liverpool Echo: “You always have to believe you will make it at Liverpool until the day you are no longer here.”
“If I perform well for the under-23s then hopefully that chance to go up to Melwood will come.”
“The manager has given chances to loads of players. It was great to see Ovie (Ejaria) and Trent (Alexander-Arnold) play so well against Tottenham. It gives everyone belief that you can get there if you are doing well.”
“Kev Stewart, who was at Swindon with me, has done brilliantly and he has deserved his chance. They aren’t the type of lads to get carried away.”
“My dream is still to play for Liverpool. I hope my career is here but if it has to be somewhere else then I’ll try to do what someone like Conor Coady has done and make a career elsewhere. I just want to be playing league football every week.”
The 20-year-old is fortunate enough to find himself under a manager who will always have time for a young talent breaking through if they are able to show some form.
It’s great to see you back, Jordan.