Former Liverpool stopper Chris Kirkland has hailed the Reds’ academy player Neco Williams for his recent FA Cup performances, as per Love Sport Radio.
The Wales U19 international has been featured in every FA Cup game of Jurgen Klopp’s side this season, playing 360 minutes and creating 2 assists in the competition.
The talented youngster joined Liverpool’s academy when he was only six and then progressed through its ranks to represent the club at several levels.
He is yet to make an appearance in the Premier League but has managed to secure five senior appearances with four in the FA Cup and one in the League Cup to his name.
Kirkland was full of praise for Williams and defended Jurgen Klopp’s decision to play several of his non-regular players in the recent 2-0 defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The 38-year-old pundit said:
“Go back to the round before though, and he played the young lads.
“More or less the Under-19s side.
“So I think, you know, you have to keep some of them in. Neco Williams at right-back who’s been superb, you know, he deserved to keep his spot in that because of the previous round so I think he had to mix it a little bit.
“Obviously playing at Stamford Bridge is a bit different to playing in front of your own fans at Anfield. No disrespect to Shrewsbury. So I know you have to mix it a bit but he was always going to make changes because he had to stand by some of the lads that played in the previous game, but you’re right, listen, I’m a big traditionalist.”