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England five-eighth George Williams.

Walk through the streets of Liverpool and only one sport is familiar with the locals and it's not rugby league.

But this weekend the football nets will be traded for goalposts as England look to wrap up the three-Test series at Anfield on Sunday, while New Zealand will attempt to bounce back and level the campaign.

Both teams will train at Anfield in the lead-up to the clash despite limited access to the hallowed turf at the iconic stadium.

England five-eighth George Williams was treated to an early behind-the-scenes tour on Monday, and believed the venue would draw non rugby league fans to experience the atmosphere.

"It's surreal for me, I'm a massive Liverpool fan so it's a dream come true to play if I do get the nod on the weekend," Williams told

"It's already the pinnacle to play for my country and at Anfield, it doesn't get much bigger."

RFL officials are hopeful of a crowd in excess of 25,000 on Sunday with the Kiwis desperate to force a deciding game in Leeds.

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That figure is down on the 40,042 crowd number for the last rugby league clash between Australia and New Zealand in the 2016 Four Nations final.

"It's a massive opportunity to come to a football-mad place and we can expose a few more locals and hopefully they enjoy it," Williams said.

For Williams, the chance to work with Wayne Bennett in a third campaign has been beneficial towards his own career development.

Williams spoke of Bennett's influence this season despite the pair living on opposite sides of the world.

"When I went to Denver he gave me a few things to work on back in the Super League and I went away and did that," Williams said.

"He's not what people think, he's a joker a has a good laugh with everyone. But when it comes to training he cuts no corners and tells you what he thinks.

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"He'll call you in the middle of the season on the other side of the world and tell you what he thinks and what you need to work on if he's just watched my game on the television.

"I like him for that, he's honest. Sometimes it's not what you want to hear but it's reality. I have so much respect for him. It was massive to come back into camp on the same path. He keeps up to date and us on track from afar."

Williams was linked to a move in the NRL earlier this season but insisted the situation had been "blown out of proportion" and remained committed at Wigan until at least the end of 2020.

"It's something I want to do at some point but I've got another few years in the Super League and I'm committed to that," Williams said.

"I'm only 23 so hopefully have a long career ahead of me and when the time is right I'll look into a move.

"But for now I'm enjoying rugby league here in England and the success Wigan is having."

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