Silva plays down Fulham hopes of signing Williams

Marco Silva has played down the prospect of Neco Williams joining Fulham on a permanent basis having impressed since joining on loan from Liverpool in January.

The Whites, who need just three more wins from their final eight games to seal their immediate return to the top flight, are keen to keep the Wales international right-back at the end of the season.

Williams signed a new five-year contract with Liverpool in 2020 but is behind England’s Trent Alexander-Arnold in the Reds pecking order. However, he is unlikely to be allowed to leave Anfield.

But Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp would be open to sanctioning another loan move to continue the player’s development and, with Williams set to play in the World Cup for Wales in November if they secure qualification through the play-offs, he will be keen for regular football.

“It’s too early for us to think about or talk about it. Neco is fully focused in his role at this football club, we are focused on taking the best from him,” Whites boss Silva said.

“I promised him in January he could come here and fight (for regular football) but the competition would be tough.

“He is improving each game, even in the last game against QPR where he didn’t start the game like we would have wanted him to because of the way they approached the game, he was much better second half.

“His intensity and the way he supported our offensive game has been fantastic and he is a young lad who always gives his best.

“I am pleased with the way he has adapted at our football club, but talking about his future is too early for us.”