Jurgen Klopp hails ‘outstanding’ Rhys Williams after youngster dazzles on Premier League debut against Tottenham and labels man-of-the-match starlet Curtis Jones ‘top class’
- Jurgen Klopp ensured to praise his youngsters as Liverpool defeated Tottenham
- Rhys Williams made his Premier League debut up against striker Harry Kane
- Williams nullified the Spurs star and was dominant in the air throughout the tie
- The win puts Liverpool three points clear at the top of the Premier League table
A beaming Jurgen Klopp made sure to shower his youngsters in praise after Rhys Williams and Curtis Jones stole the headlines in a top-of-the-table showdown with Tottenham.
Amid a mounting injury crisis Klopp was forced to hand Williams a Premier League debut and push the 19-year-old in at the deep end against Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min.
But the former non-league player stood up to the challenge and put in a resounding performance in the heart of defence alongside Fabinho, while in the midfield engine room fellow teenager Jones helped the Reds dominate possession while breaking up play at will.
Rhys Williams put in a commanding performance and dominated Harry Kane in the air
Klopp roared at the final whistle and could not wait to heap praise on the efforts of his starlets
Speaking to Amazon Prime after his side secured victory courtesy of a 90th minute Roberto Firmino header, Klopp said: ‘Oh my god! Outstanding. Rhys Williams. It’s nowadays playing against the Alan Shearer with Harry Kane. They avoid Rhys and put Fabinho for the long balls.
‘Rhys was so strong in the air. He played a pass for our first goal and has the right amount of confidence so you don’t have to explain how it works.’
Williams was making his Premier League debut for the Reds alongside Fabinho in defence
Klopp hailed the versatility and simplicity of the young defender, who up until Wednesday’s fixture had featured only in European fixtures for the Reds.
Klopp added: ‘He kept it simple and didn’t drop too early. Incredible game.’
Turning his attention to Jones, who scooped man of the match for his efforts, Klopp appeared lost for words as his broad smile instead dominated the screen.
Reacting as though such a high level of performance was a given from such a talented youngster, Klopp said: ‘It’s Curtis. He’s already here thankfully for years. A top class player.’
Curtis Jones put in a performance beyond his years and Klopp later labelled him ‘top class’
The result sees reigning champions Liverpool back on top with a three point margin, ahead of their fixture against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Klopp’s men go up against a former manager of the club in Roy Hodgson, for the day’s early kick off at 12.20pm.
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