Jurgen Klopp's formation change would help 19-year-old talent fulfil his great potential
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Jurgen Klopp's formation change gives Neco Williams the help he needs

Jurgen Klopp’s recent formation change will give Neco Williams the help he needs. The teenager is in the first-team squad this season.

Neco Williams has had a hit-and-miss start to his Liverpool career but a formation change could help him. The Welshman has certainly had games where he looks the part – two-footed, brave in attack and looking to get forward.

But there have also been games where he looked a little isolated, even lost, at right-back at the top level. We could put some of that down to the usual 4-3-3 formation, however.

That system does isolate full-backs. The wingers look to cut inside, leaving the entire flank to the full-back, who can then push on very high. Trent Alexander-Arnold uses this to perfection as the most creative player in Liverpool’s team.

Defensively, it can have the same outcome, though. Full-backs may not get the help they need from such attacking wingers. While that’s fine for players as good as Alexander-Arnold, it may be a bit much for Williams.

It’s worth remembering, though, that for the first half of the 18/19 season, Klopp didn’t play 4-3-3. He went 4-2-3-1, which helped Alexander-Arnold develop into the creative force he is today.

And it could have the same effect on Williams.

Formation change

Klopp went 4-2-3-1 against Sheffield United on Saturday. It’s something he’s used at times this season but this was the first time he used it from the start.

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And that bodes well for Williams. This system would take the pressure off him, both offensively and defensively, which could help the teenager grow his game.

4-2-3-1 features two central attacking players, meaning the wingers can’t cut inside as often – the space isn’t there. They’re out on the flank as a result, leaving less space for the full-back. That’s not ideal when you’ve got Alexander-Arnold there but with Williams, it would work.

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He’d have more cover defensively and less burden to create going forward. He could play the position as a more traditional full-back – essentially a supporting role.

That, surely, is what he needs. For a player who can look a little lost and somewhat overawed, limiting his space would allow him to fine-tune things better and focus him more on the basics.

Hopefully, he gets his chance to play it before long. Williams is undoubtedly a player with great potential in the position – Liverpool just need to help him fulfil it.

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