Jurgen Klopp praises Liverpool’s Neco Williams

December 24, 2021
By: Jamie Jones

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has praised Neco Williams for his performance against Leicester City in the Carabao Cup.

Klopp’s Liverpool got the better of Premier League rivals Leicester 5-4 on penalties in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening.

The match finished 3-3 after normal time.

Williams played well for Liverpool, and Klopp was impressed.

Klopp told Liverpool’s official website about Williams: “Why should I make first and second half different? Yes, he played in a different position but Neco played a really good game. 

“On that side, we are used to Mo Salah, so that’s how it is – it’s the way we play, how we can pass the ball, stuff like this. The passes we played in that area, when we were calm – when we were connected and played short passes – then it was all fine, but with these long balls or straight into his feet, it was too easy to defend for the left-back in that moment. 

“He was very thankful for these balls, let me say it like this. But I expected when you saw him warming up, when he cuts inside his left foot is incredible, he can really finish with it, so I was expecting one or two of these situations. 

“There were good moments, but of course the second half was better. Wales play from time to time [with] wing-backs, he plays left side and all these kind of things – and he can play all these things, but tonight we had to make a few decisions and in this system the right wing is maybe not his top, top position, but he can play it. 

“At full-back he played really well, he was involved in pretty much everything, he was much calmer in the right situations, involved in a lot of combinations and so I liked his game.”

Liverpool, who will take on Arsenal in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup, are rated at 7/4 favourites on Betfair to win the competition this season.

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