Jurgen Klopp has heaped praised on Liverpool defender Rhys Williams, the teenager defender who helped the Reds thrash Atalanta 5-Zero on Tuesday.
The Merseysiders have began their Champions League marketing campaign in effective kind, profitable every of their first three matches to place one foot within the knockout rounds.
Liverpool adopted up a slender 1-Zero defeat of Ajax of their European opener with a 2-Zero win over Midtjylland final week, after which ran riot towards Atalanta this time round.
Diogo Jota scored a hat-trick with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane additionally netting because the Reds’ exceptional entrance line loved their night time in Bergamo.
However explicit reward have to be reserved for Liverpool’s defence, which nullified a usually free-scoring Atalanta aspect and ensured the Reds stored their third successive clear sheet on this season’s Champions League.
One constant consider every of these shut-outs is the presence of 19-year-old Williams, the centre-back who has begun his European profession with three straight clear sheets.
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He was launched as a late substitute towards Ajax after which performed an hour of the Midtjylland conflict, earlier than making his first Champions League begin – and taking part in the total 90 minutes – within the thrashing of Atalanta.
Remarkably, that is the primary time ever Liverpool have began a Champions League marketing campaign with three successive clear sheets – and Williams boasts an look in every of the matches!
And supervisor Klopp was understandably gushing within the wake of the Atalanta conflict.
“Distinctive,” he stated of Williams. “I can not think about being 19 and taking part in within the Champions League towards [Duvan] Zapata, it’s unbelievable!
“I couldn’t be extra comfortable for Rhys. It’s best to see him within the dressing room, you’d want one thing particular to get the smile off his face!”
Williams has been afforded his likelihood within the crew as a result of doubtlessly season-ending harm suffered by Virgil van Dijk in final month’s Merseyside derby.
“We needed to change as a result of Virg shouldn’t be there any extra, so we share the duty,” added Klopp. “We put it on ten shoulders as a substitute of 1.
“All people has to step up now; Robbo [Andy Robertson], Trent [Alexander-Arnold] and Joe [Gomez], they’re in cost. How the crew defended tonight was completely unbelievable.”