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Neco Williams explains how Jürgen Klopp and his elder Liverpool teammates are continuing to positively shape his career

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The right-back, a graduate of Liverpool’s Academy, made the step up to first-team football in the early parts of 2019-20 and went on to proudly end that season with a Premier League winner’s medal.

He signed a new long-term Reds contract, became a senior Wales international and scored for his country before the beginning of the current campaign, during which he has so far made 13 more appearances for his club.

Williams recently sat down with Premier League Productions to discuss his progress in recent years, the advice and support that has helped him along the way, and more…

On his relationship with Klopp…

He has played a massive part in my career so far. From when you’re a little kid, you always dream of playing for the team you’ve always played for. 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. And to make it under Jürgen Klopp is an extra little boost for me and was a special moment.

On having talks with the manager…

He is like that for all the players, 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 also tells you what you’re good at. That just gives you that confidence to go out and keep going on the training ground or playing out on the field. He has played a massive role in my career so far, as in he has helped me go through the bad times, I’ve matured in a way off him because he has taught me the more senior side of the game. He has taught me a lot since I made my debut.

On his memories of making his Premier League debut…

My Premier League debut, I didn’t actually know that I was going to come on or play. I had an idea because we were 4-0 up, we had dominated the game and I was just thinking to myself that maybe this is a chance to come on and show what I’m about. Luckily, I got warm and he called me, so I went straight back up to my seat, got changed quickly and went straight down and came on. It was a massive moment for me, making my Premier League debut. For me, it’s definitely one of the best leagues in the world and one of the toughest leagues in the world, with the quality of the players and the sides in today’s game. So to play in that and especially to make it when we won the Premier League was a surreal moment.


Source: Liverpoolfc