‘They avoided’: Klopp claims Spurs didn’t even try to attack ‘incredible’ Liverpool man
Sam PrestonDecember 17, 2020
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Liverpool’s Reece Williams made his Premier League debut against Tottenham last night.
Jurgen Klopp has put his trust in the young centre-forward in his biggest game of the season so far.
He won 2-1 and was told Amazon Prime After the game, he was impressed.
Klopp also claimed Spurs avoided Williams in the second half and instead aimed a long ball at Fabinho.
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“Oh my god – fantastic,” Klopp said of Williams after the game. “Excellent, you can imagine it’s like he’s playing against Alan Shearer now.
“Harry Kane, he’s smart and comes down at the right time. In the second half they just played long balls – they actually avoided Reece. They put long balls on Fabinho and then Harry on There.
“So we had to fight for the second ball because Rees was very strong in the air. He also passed the ball before our first goal.
“He had a lot of confidence. Super challenge, interception, he didn’t fall too early. I have to say, it’s absolutely unbelievable.”
Reece Williams v Tottenham
86% pass accuracy
3/5 accurate long pass
6/6 aerial duel wins
1/1 Ground Duel won
Faced with two of the most dangerous and in-form duos in the world, the 19-year-old centre-back is composed and recovering well as he watches home pic.twitter.com/5Rck2JQThi
— Tactical Times (@Tactical_Times) December 16, 2020
What a great night for Williams. He clearly has confidence in his manager, he played in a good game.
Playing in this Liverpool team requires your defensive positioning or you risk being held behind the high line – and he did.
It’s no surprise that Klopp is so keen to praise him, it’s interesting to hear him say that Mourinho’s side are not trying to exploit him in the air.
It’s a hallmark of his aerial prowess. He will also gain a great deal of confidence from last night.
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Sam Preston is an NCTJ Gold Standard News and Sports Reporter who studied at the Press Association. He also holds a 2:1 Law and French Law degree from the University of Birmingham, which includes a year of study at the University of Montaigne in Bordeaux. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derby County programme in 2018 and has also written digital football content and games for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County day program.
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