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'Couldn't cope with him': Liverpool player yet to start in PL this term lauded by nation's media; rated 9/10

No Wales player received a higher rating from one media outlet than Neco Williams following the Liverpool starlet’s performance in their stunning 5-1 win over Belarus on Saturday.

Rob Page’s side went into the penultimate game of their World Cup qualifying campaign knowing that they are already assured of a play-off place. But securing second spot will give them a home tie.

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And they have left themselves needing one point against Belgium to guarantee that position.

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That is because they blew Belarus away in Cardiff. Williams was one of those to get on the scoresheet.

The 20-year-old was playing in his less familiar role of left-back. And he managed to double the home side’s lead after 20 minutes, with his shot squeezing past the goalkeeper at his near post.

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Williams has barely featured for the Reds this term. In fact, he has only been included in the match day squad in the Premier League on three occasions so far.

But he has been lauded for his latest international display, with Wales Online handing his performance a 9/10 rating. They suggested that he was unstoppable.

“Worked his socks off on the left flank, and showed little hesitation in getting a foot in when needed defensively. Carried a tremendous threat going forward, and wasn’t at all shy to take on his man,” Wales Online wrote.

“Deserved his goal, which arrived in admittedly fortuitous circumstances. Whistled another stunning effort just over the bar in the second half. Belarus couldn’t cope with him.

“Looked like he would have happily played another 90 minutes such was his effervescence throughout the night.”

Neco Williams display for Wales an encouraging sign amid Liverpool struggles

Obviously, Williams’ display against Belarus is not going to force Jurgen Klopp to drastically rewrite the pecking order.

In truth, he is probably battling to be third choice on the left. And he is one of several backup options for Trent Alexander-Arnold on the opposite side.

But he is still only 20 years of age. There is still time for Williams to prove that his long-term future can lie with Liverpool.

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