DOHA: Liverpool's young defender Neco Williams said his inclusion in 2019 FIFA Club World Cup squad was a landmark moment for his career.
The 18-year-old full-back is part of the 20-member team that arrived here on Sunday for the competition that the Reds are looking to win for the very first time.
"For sure it's going to be a great experience. I was obviously very happy when the squad got announced and I saw my name on there. I see it as a big step up in my career," Williams told the club's website.
In fact, the youngster, who graudated from the club's academy side, is living out of his dream after his first-team appearance and been on the bench for Saturday's Premier League victory over Watford.
"Obviously being with the lads and being on these kind of experiences, coming to Qatar, it's something that any lad from the Academy – who's been there since the age of six, seven – has dreamt of.
"To come here and experience it is just incredible," he added.
Williams' senior debut for the Reds came in the Carabao Cup penalty shootout triumph over Arsenal in October as he brilliantly assisted Divock Origi's injury-time equaliser.
Had he not been a member of Jürgen Klopp's team in the Middle East, the teenager likely would have featured against Aston Villa in Tuesday's quarterfinal.
"Building up to this moment, I was either going to play in the Villa game, which would have been incredible, or come here, which is obviously incredible as well," he said.