Liverpool comfortably beat Brighton & Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on Wednesday night. The Reds raced into a 2-0 lead and finished the game 3-1 winners despite a few nervy patches. One of the highlights of the game was a debut in defence, Neco Williams needs to be braver on his left food in order to build on his impressive debut.
Future first teamer
Neco Williams has been thoroughly impressive in the cups this season. He was an important performer when the kids beat Everton in the FA Cup in January and has looked menacing when coming off the bench.
At just 19-years-old Williams has his entire career ahead of him. He came through the academy as a winger before being converted into a right back, he could be set for further adaptations to his game.
A strong debut
Andy Robertson was dropped to the subs bench for the first half against Brighton with Williams starting at left back for the Reds.
The first half of the first half was incredibly impressive from the youngster. The Welshman displayed some neat footwork and a determination to get forward at every opportunity.
Williams’ past as a winger was certainly evident as he managed to turn his opponents this way then that in order to find the yard necessary to use the ball.
However, Tariq Lamptey at right back for Brighton caused the teenager a number of problems with his pace. The academy product was subbed at half time, likely in order to avoid him picking up a second yellow.
What to improve
If Neco Williams wants to cement himself as the backup left back then he needs to be braver on his left foot.
Too often the youngster was in possession in the attacking third and he would slow the pace of the attack down as he switched the ball to his stronger foot.
Whilst Williams produced a peach of a cross from his right peg he may have been more devastating had he taken the opportunity first time on his left foot when the defence was yet to organise.
Width has been key to the Reds’ success under Jürgen Klopp, this width is compromised if our left back is constantly turning inside. We have no doubt that Neco will improve in this regard but it is a necessary improvement if he is to switch to the left fank, or at least be available to do so when needed.