Liverpool had a strange time in the cup competitions this season just gone. The Reds made it to the fifth round of the FA Cup and the quarter finals of the league cup. Former U23s boss Neil Critchley took charge in ties against Aston Villa and Shrewsbury Town to add to the surreal nature of the Reds’ cup runs. Despite the novelty of the domestic cups this year Curtis Jones and Neco Williams have been named in the FA Cup Team of the Season.
Jürgen Klopp consistently trusted youth in the cups this season, sometimes out of necessity.
As the fixture list became congested around December the club were forced to field their youngest teams ever. The Reds broke the club record for the youngest starting XI when they took on Aston Villa whilst the first team were in Qatar and they broke the record again against Shrewsbury in February.
Throughout the campaign Curtis Jones and Neco Williams impressed in the cups. Williams terrified defences as he marauded down the right flank whilst Jones kept picking apart opposition and even scored a worldie of a winning goal in the Derby against Everton.
Jones and Williams FA Cup Team of the Season
Curtis Jones and Neco Williams have been named in The FA Cup Team of the Season alongside such stars as Pierre Emerick Aubameyang and David Luiz.
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The duo thoroughly merited their place in the side and the fact that they were included despite being dumped out of the competition in the fifth round speaks volumes about their performances.
The cup is an ideal proving ground for young talent and the duo showed that they can go toe to toe with the best, subsequently being rewarded with new contracts and starts in the Premier League.
Lack of transfers justified
Some Kopites have been crying out for a marquee signing to go with the club’s record breaking kit deal and Premier League title.
There were cries for the club to bring in the crown prince of German football, Kai Havertz. Well, why splash out close to £100m on an exciting young midfielder when we already have one?
Why make marquee signings and block the path of Curtis Jones and further stack the odds against Neco Williams?
The pair being included in the FA Cup Team of the Season despite their young age and lack of experience in first team football goes someway to justifying why the Reds needn’t splash out any time soon.