Liverpool started with five academy players in their Carabao Cup clash with Arsenal and one of those players, Neco Williams, made a huge impression on some fans.
The 18-year-old was handed his Reds’ debut by Jurgen Klopp and he certainly made the most of his opportunity, with the assist for Divock Origi’s last-gasp equaliser likely to live long in the memory.
He may have been part of a defence that conceded five goals but many supporters think he was not only the best youngster on the pitch, but the best player.
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It is high praise indeed and he is clearly a player with potential, though the downside for him is that he will likely have to compete with another young player in Trent Alexander-Arnold for the right-back spot.
However, if he continues to improve he could become an option for Klopp, and as one fan pointed out it would allow Alexander-Arnold to move into midfield, a position Jamie Carragher suggested he is more than capable of filling.
Regardless, it was Williams’ night, and his performance has been recognised by the fans, with reactions from some below.
Neco Williams was the best player on the pitch tonight.
What a TALENT!
— Caleb Radford (@CalebARadford) October 30, 2019
Best player on the pitch for me neco Williams
— Prices. 🔴 (@PTBooms) October 30, 2019
Neco Williams has been our best player. Brilliant cross for Origi! 5-5
— Taintless Red (@TaintlessRed) October 30, 2019
Best player on the pitch tonight was Neco Williams. Looks like we’ve got Trent’s replacement for when he moves up to midfield. Look forward to seeing a lot more of him 👊🏼🔴⚽️
— Tim Brienza (@TimBrienza) October 30, 2019
I think Neco Williams was our best player on the night – he was solid but also creative on the right. #LIVARS
— The Anfield Buzz (@anfield_buzz) October 30, 2019
Tonight’s game was class, both teams fielding young talents and making out for an entertaining game; Joe Willock, class that’s already been proven, Curtis Jones, influential the minute he came on, Martinelli, screams goals and the best player on that pitch was Neco Williams imo
— josh🧢 (@stokesitfc) October 30, 2019