Liverpool and Three Lions legend Michael Owen is convinced that Reds youngster Neco Williams would have an awful feeling after Jurgen Klopp decided to shun him off earlier than expected against Brighton And Holve Albion.
Neco William had only 45 minutes to showcase himself to the world against Brighton after he was subbed off at halftime following his booking in the first half. Michael Owen feels that the German tactician did not do wrong by substituting Neco Williams after just 45 minutes of action against Brighton, but opines the youngster will feel ‘awful’ following his difficult first Premier League start for the club.
Liverpool who are the newly crowned Premier League champions got a comfortable 3-1 win at the Amex Stadium on Wednesday evening to take their points tally to a remarkable 92 with four games of the campaign remaining.
The young Klopp army endured a terrible evening while making his first start in the English Premier league 2019/2020 campaign ahead of Andy Robertson who was given a rest. The Welsh junior international was brought off at the start of the second-half, with the intention to protect the 19-year-old who had been cautioned for a foul on former Chelsea youngster Tariq Lamptey.
After the match the gaffer explained his reason for his onfield action, Klopp said: “I know football is like this. If you take a player off after 45 minutes then everybody thinks it’s not good for the player but actually I don’t care about this it was just that he had a yellow card and the situation on that side was that we didn’t protect him well enough.
“There was one or two times that they [Brighton] could really go through there so Neco it was his first professional game I cannot tell him don’t do a challenge anymore so that was the reason, the only reason.”
The former England international agreed with Klopp for taking that action but is afraid Williams would be battling with ‘negative thoughts’ following an unexpected end to a full debut. As he said: “I knew it would be because of the yellow card and it’s understandable to be honest. If I was a manager and had a player on a yellow card so early I’d be thinking, especially when you’ve got someone like Robertson on the bench, you would be thinking like that.
“I just know how the young lad feels, he will feel awful tonight. Yes they’ve won but he will be thinking ‘could I have done more, manager brought me off. If I was playing so well surely he wouldn’t have brought me off, so he couldn’t have thought I was playing that well’.
All these negative thoughts will be going through your head. But listen, it’s right early on in his career, he will have a good career, forget about this in no time and be in the team and be flying along. You just want everything to go perfectly on your first attempt and with the yellow card it has not gone quite that way.” He concluded.