Players - Neco Williams

Neco Williams
Birthdate: 13 April 2001
Birthplace: Wrexham, Wales
International debut: 03.09.2020 vs. Finland
International caps: 5/1 (15.11.2020)
Liverpool debut: 30.10.2019
Last appearance: 16.10.2021
Win ratio: 61.54% W:16 D:4 L:6
Honours: FIFA Club World Cup 2019, Premier League 2019/20
League games / goals / assists: 13 / 0 / 1
Total games / goals / assists: 26 / 0 / 3

Player Profile

Welshman Neco Williams got his first start for Liverpool's first team in the Carabao Cup against Arsenal at Anfield on 30 October 2019 due to Ki-Jana Hoever's absence on international duty with Holland at the U17 World Cup, Neco has been at Liverpool since 2009 and is a highly-regarded right-back. "I started when I was six-years-old at the pre-academy and when I was nine I had the choice to go to Liverpool or Manchester United,” Neco told as he signed a professional contract for Liverpool in January 2019. “It was hard because me and the family are all United supporters but now being at Liverpool all these years I’ve turned into a Reds fan. I was playing for my local team Cefn United at the time and I was at a tournament when three or four scouts came up to my dad asking about me and wanting me to go on trial. I was a striker then but then I became a right-winger and then changed to right-back when I was 16. With Liverpool being a right-back isn’t just about defending, it’s just as much about attacking, so you’re more like a right-winger and I would say crossing is one of my strongest assets.”

In the second half of 2019/20 Williams continued his progress, playing the full ninety minutes of all four A Cup games that the Reds were involved in. He played a major part in the winning goal against Shrewsbury in a fourth round replay at Anfield, his cross being headed into his own net by a Shrewsbury player. When the season resumed in June following the suspension due to Covid 19 Williams started three of the remaining nine games and came on as a substitute in another three to earn a title medal. In September he also got his first two international caps for Wales, scoring an injury time winner against Bulgaria in a Nations League game at Cardiff. 
Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 13 5 3 4 1 26
2019-2020 6 4 1 0 0 11
2020-2021 6 1 2 4 1 14
2021-2022 1 0 0 0 0 1
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Apps Minutes Opponent
3 239 Arsenal
2 180 Shrewsbury Town
2 98 Atalanta
2 97 Fulham
2 92 Brighton & Hove Albion
2 90 Aston Villa
1 90 Lincoln City
1 90 Chelsea
1 90 Everton
1 90 Ajax
1 85 Newcastle United
1 69 Burnley
1 68 Wolves
1 37 Leicester City
1 16 Crystal Palace
1 14 Manchester City
1 8 Watford
1 0 Red Bull Leipzig
1 0 Manchester United
Total Started/substitutions
17 Started
43 On the bench
9 Substitute
7 Substituted
Total Venue
13 Away
12 Home
1 Neutral
Total Competition
13 Premier League
5 FA Cup
4 Champions League
3 League Cup
1 Community Shield
Total Manager
26 Jürgen Klopp
Assists per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 1 0 1 1 0 3
2019-2020 0 0 1 0 0 1
2020-2021 0 0 0 1 0 1
2021-2022 1 0 0 0 0 1
A more detailed look at the player's assists
Total Opponent
1 Arsenal
1 Watford
1 Ajax
Total Competition
1 Champions League
1 League Cup
1 Premier League
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 30.10.2019 Arsenal Anfield League Cup
Related Quotes

"I thought Neco was incredible on the evening. He was everywhere on the pitch, he was defending, intercepting, running forward and you'd have to say he was also probably our most dangerous attacker from full-back. He had three or four shots at goal and I thought he was fantastic. Neco's best quality is his humility," he added. "He is still the same boy he was a few months ago and he has always been the same. He plays every game the same. It wouldn't matter if he was playing in front of 50-odd thousand at Anfield or playing for the U23s or U19s. He plays the game the same way and that's his best quality. He has been here for a very long time and he's had great support from his family." Critchley was also keen to highlight the invaluable advice. He gets tremendous bits of advice particularly from Rob [Jones] because he can relate to Neco because he went through a similar pathway himself. He was a similar age when he moved to Liverpool and got into the team. Those little bits of words of wisdom are priceless to Neco and I know he appreciates that so much."

Manager Neil Critchley was particularly impressed by Neco Williams after Liverpool knocked out Shrewsbury in the FA Cup in January 2020 (as he told