Neco Williams reveals how Jurgen Klopp has helped him through ‘bad’ times at Liverpool as teenage defender hails the ‘confidence’ the manager gives him on the training ground
- Neco Williams hailed Jurgen Klopp for playing a ‘massive part’ in his career
- The Welsh international was part of the squad that won the Premier League
- Williams was the target of online abuse after Liverpool’s 7-2 win at Lincoln
- The 19-year-old received backing from Andrew Robertson and Virgil van Dijk too
Neco Williams has praised Jurgen Klopp’s approach to managing Liverpool’s young players as pivotal in his own development, adding that he has matured as player thanks to the Reds boss.
The 19-year-old, who broke through from the club’s academy last season, was part of the squad that won the Premier League title and has also gone on to win a number of Wales caps.
Despite the fact the Reds have 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 hailed Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s (left) influence on his career
Williams broke into the Reds first team and was part of the squad that won the Premier League
‘He has played a massive part in my career so far,’ Williams told Premier League Productions.
‘For me to be at Liverpool since I was six and to come through the stages and to make my debut was a surreal moment for me. It’ll be a moment that I never forget.
‘To make it under Jurgen Klopp is an extra little boost for me and was a special moment.’
‘As soon as you have maybe a few bad games or a bad game he will be the first one to come up to you and go through things you need to improve on or what you can do better,’ he added.
Williams was the target of online abuse earlier this season, taking extreme criticism in the wake of Liverpool’s 7-2 win at Lincoln in the EFL Cup.
Williams was the target of online abuse after Liverpool’s 7-2 win at Lincoln in the EFL Cup
However, the youngster received backing 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 is not for me to comment on social media,’ said Lijnders. ‘All I can say is abuse is wrong, through social and on the street. It is wrong. The most important thing in difficult times when people say things that are not right – or not in the right context – is they (players) need to feel the full faith.
‘Sometimes you do not need words, but what is much more important is Trent spoke with him, Virgil spoke with him, Robbo spoke with him. That is how we take care of each other.’