Willock has started 16 Premier League games this season as Eddie Howe’s side are currently occupying fourth place in the table, having recently pushed Joelinton into a more forward role as the ex-Arsenal midfielder’s recent form has ensured that Howe cannot drop him from the team.
Willock will not come cheap to Liverpool though if they did see him as Wijnaldum’s replacement, as Newcastle bought him for £25m from Arsenal in 2021 on a six-year contract that expires in 2027. Howe has been impressed after inheriting Willock and believes there is even more to come from the midfielder, despite his impressive form so far this campaign.
“I’ve been really pleased with Joe,” Howe said. “He is maturing nicely and I think he has really good, raw ability. He’s very athletic, got an eye for goal, technically very good and tactically he is improving. He has been excellent for me, I have forged a good relationship with him and I really like him as a person. The big thing with Joe is I think there is a lot more in there as well, there is a lot more to come. I’m excited about his future.”