Who is Neco Williams? The Liverpool youngster Jurgen Klopp starts vs Arsenal


Neco Williams starts for Liverpool tonight in their Carabao Cup clash with Arsenal.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has handed Neco Williams his first team debut tonight against Arsenal.

The German has rotated his squad ahead of a busy schedule which sees them face off against title rivals Manchester City on November 10.

That’s opened the door for a number of the club’s youngster, most of which impressed last time out in the Carabao Cup at MK Dons.

Williams didn’t feature in Buckinghamshire, but does at Anfield on Tuesday night.

The 18-year-old has been at the club since the age of six when he joined the Reds academy.

He plays as a right-back and is not shy of getting forward and putting crosses in the box.

That derives from his early days as a winger, before he eventually moved backward into defence.

The door has opened for Williams now that Ki-Jana Hoever is away on international duty with the Netherlands.

Hoever scored in the win at MK Dons but is currently at the Under-17’s World Cup, meaning Williams is best placed for a surprise inclusion.

Klopp has taken the opportunity to rest Trent Alexander-Arnold, who impressed in the win over Tottenham last Sunday.

Nathaniel Clyne remains sidelined after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury in pre season.

Williams nearly joined Manchester United before he signed on the dotted line at Anfield, he has revealed.

“I started when I was six-years-old at the pre-academy and when I was nine I had the choice to go to Liverpool or Manchester United,” he said.

“It was hard because me and the family are all United supporters but now being at Liverpool all these years I’ve turned into a Reds fan.

“I chose Liverpool because I got on with the lads there and felt more comfortable and just enjoyed it better.

“With Liverpool being a right back isn’t just about defending, it’s just as much about attacking, so you’re more like a right winger and I would say crossing is one of my strongest assets.”


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