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Neco Williams earns plaudits vs Porto after 5 dribbles & 3 tackles

Neco Williams earned plenty of plaudits for his display in Liverpool vs Porto. The Reds ran out 2-0 winners with the Welshman at right-back.

Liverpool didn’t actually have anything riding on the game vs Porto but they went strong regardless. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Thiago and Joel Matip all started this one – players who make the Reds’ best XI.

That was unquestionably a risk from Jurgen Klopp but he did also throw out some opportunities to squad players. One of those was Neco Williams, who started against Porto at right-back.

Williams’ start comes on the back of some excellent games for Wales. Funnily enough, those performances didn’t actually come at right-back, however.

Williams started as a left-wing back for his country, shining going forward. That prompted Klopp to admit he didn’t really know what the 20-year-old’s best position was.

For Liverpool, though, Williams is a right-back and we saw exactly why the Reds use him there on Wednesday evening.

Neco Williams vs Porto

Williams had two tough tasks here. Firstly, he had to replace Trent Alexander-Arnold’s output going forward – an almost impossible task.

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Secondly, the Welshman needed to watch Porto’s most dangerous player, Luis Diaz. No easy task as the left-winger has 11 goals already this season.

But Williams played very well in both directions. He won a fantastic three tackles out of three, for instance, as he muted Diaz.

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And going forward, Williams managed to trouble Porto. He created two chances for teammates – as many as anyone in Red – while completing a monstrous five dribbles. That latter figure topped everyone on the pitch.

This was a fine, confident performance in a win for Liverpool against a good side. That’s a lot to shout about and it’s little surprise that Williams had plaudits on Twitter after the game.

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It’s great to see. Williams has come in for criticism for a long time now – the majority of which was been far too harsh.

He’s putting together a string of very promising displays now, however. In fact, it looks increasingly likely that Williams becomes a very good player.

Hopefully, then, he can earn more opportunities because we think Liverpool have a special one here. That’s certainly the direction he’s heading in.

All stats per Whoscored.

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