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Jurgen Klopp praises ‘very important’ Rhys Williams & Neco Williams amid Liverpool’s injury crisis


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Liverpool return to Champions League action on Tuesday evening.

The Reds will no doubt be keen to bounce back from their latest European defeat, which saw them suffer a shock 2-0 loss at Anfield vs Serie A outfit Atalanta last time out.

Said loss means Liverpool are actually yet to secure a spot in this campaign’s last 16, but they can do so on Tuesday.

Jurgen Klopp’s men start the week top of Group D, two points above Ajax and Atalanta with two games to play.

As a result, with Midtjylland Liverpool’s final group tie of the season, a win over Ajax on Tuesday will all but guarantee the Merseysiders top their group this time around.

Jurgen Klopp praises ‘very important’ Rhys Williams & Neco Williams amid Liverpool’s injury crisis

BERGAMO, ITALY – NOVEMBER 03: Rhys Williams of Liverpool FC in action during the UEFA Champions League Group D stage match between Atalanta BC and Liverpool FC at Gewiss Stadium on November 03, 2020 in Bergamo, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

Klopp on Neco & Rhys Williams

Ahead of the tie, Jurgen Klopp would hold his latest pre-match press conference on Monday afternoon.

The German discussed a number of topics during the presser including the fitness of Thiago, which you can read more about here.

Elsewhere, Klopp was full of praise for Liverpool youngsters Rhys Williams and Neco Williams.

With all of Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold currently sidelined, Liverpool have had to look to their youth to plug the gaps in their backline.

And when speaking about the Williams duo pre-Ajax, Klopp had this to say:

“Look, if somebody is a Liverpool youth or Academy player in general, he has already, for sure, a lot of talent – otherwise you can’t make the cut. When you then go through all these difficult moments in your youth academy career then you are already used to some difficult situations and some pressure.

“But when you come up and you make the final step and you have to play in a competitive game for the first team, that’s a different animal. I think the boys adapted really well.

“They did a lot of really good stuff, helped us enormously, are very important – not only in the moment, but especially in the moment.

“The only problem they have from time to time is that people compare them with the guy who played the position before them. They are, in our case, all world-class players and that makes it maybe kind of difficult for people to see clear how talented these boys are. But from my point of view, they did really, really well.”

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# Team MP D P
1 Tottenham Hotspur FC 10 12 21
2 Liverpool FC 10 5 21
3 Chelsea FC 10 12 19
4 Leicester City FC 9 6 18
5 Southampton FC 10 3 17
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 10 0 17
7 Everton FC 10 2 16
8 Manchester United FC 9 0 16
9 Aston Villa FC 8 8 15
10 Manchester City FC 9 4 15
11 West Ham United FC 9 5 14
12 Leeds United 10 -2 14
13 Newcastle United FC 10 -3 14
14 Arsenal FC 10 -2 13
15 Crystal Palace FC 10 -3 13
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 10 -2 10
17 West Bromwich Albion 10 -11 6
18 Burnley FC 9 -13 5
19 Fulham FC 9 -9 4
20 Sheffield United FC 10 -12 1
Player Team Goals
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 10
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 9
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 8
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 8
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 7
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 7
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 7
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 6
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 5
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 5
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 5
Grealish, Jack Aston Villa FC 4
Ward-Prowse, James Southampton FC 4
Werner, Timo Chelsea FC 4
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City FC 4
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion FC 4
Jimenez, Raul Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 4
Rodriguez, James Everton FC 3



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