Neco Williams reveals how Jurgen Klopp helped him through ‘bad’ times at Liverpool, while the teenage defender praises the ‘confidence’ the manager gives him on the training ground.
- Neco Williams praised Jurgen Klopp for playing a ‘big part’ in his career
- The Welsh international was part of the team that won the Premier League
- Williams was the target of online abuse following Liverpool’s 7-2 win over Lincoln
- The 19-year-old also received support from Andrew Robertson and Virgil van Dijk
Neco Williams has praised Jurgen Klopp’s approach to managing Liverpool’s young players as crucial to his own development, adding that he has matured as a player thanks to the Reds boss.
The 19-year-old, who broke through from club academy last season, was part of the squad that won the Premier League title and has also won a number of Wales caps.
Despite the fact that the Reds struggled to maintain the heady heights of the previous campaign, the right back has continued to impress and has now paid tribute to the role Klopp played in his progression as a professional.
Neco Williams (right) has praised the influence of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp (left) on his career
Williams broke into the Reds first team and was part of the squad that won the Premier League
“He’s been a big part of my career so far,” Williams told Premier League Productions.
‘For me to be in Liverpool from the age of six and go through the stages and make my debut was a surreal moment for me. It will be a moment I will never forget.
“Getting under Jurgen Klopp is an extra boost and a special moment for me.”
“ Once you maybe have some bad games or a bad game, he will be the first to come to you and go through things you need to improve or what you can do better, ” he added.
Williams was the target of online abuse earlier this season and has come under extreme criticism in the aftermath of Liverpool’s 7-2 victory over Lincoln in the EFL Cup.
Williams was the target of online abuse following Liverpool’s 7-2 victory over Lincoln in the EFL Cup
However, the youngster has received support from senior players such as Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Robertson.
Liverpool’s assistant manager Pep Lijnders commented on the situation last September.
“It’s not up to me to respond on social media,” said Lijnders. All I can say is that abuse is wrong, both socially and on the street. It’s wrong. The most important thing in difficult times when people say things that are not right – or in the right context – is that they (players) must feel complete confidence.
Sometimes you don’t need words, but what is more important is that Trent spoke to him, Virgil spoke to him, Robbo spoke to him. This is how we take care of each other. ‘