25 September 2020 18:30
FANS of Liverpool Football Club have rushed to support Wrexham-born Neco Williams after he suffered online abuse. The Wales international "blacked out" his Twitter account in response, it is thought, to the abuse he received. Neco, still only 19, featured in Liverpool's 7-2 thrashing of Lincoln City in the Carabao Cup on Thursday night. Abuse allegedly came from Twitter users who thought the right back was at fault for Lincoln's first goal. After the match, fans saw Williams had changed his Twitter profile picture and cover photo to black.
Many were quick to show their support for one of the most promising young players for both his club and Wales. Twitter user Alfredo tweeted: "Bro i do support you, don't pay attention to few stupid people, the real fans love you and appreciate all you give for the club, keep learning keep getting better because you are the future of Liverpool!!!!" "don't use twitter that much i just came here to show you support and let you knw that you'll always be a good player,no matter what other people say." Another Twitter user called Dejan tweeted: "You are champion! Don't let some negative fans ruin your day, you did well! He played enough games to claim a Premier League winners medal and is expected to feature heavily this season as a dependable back up to Liverpool's first choice right back Trent Alexander-Arnold. His parents Emma and Lee have been watching all Neco's recent games at home in Cefn Mawr due to coronavirus restrictions, which it is now thought will affect sporting fixtures for at least another six months.
Just this month, too, he further endeared himself to Wales fans when he scored the 94th-minute winner against Bulgaria to ensure Ryan Giggs' side secure top spot in their Nations League pool. So there is little doubt that this young Welshman has a bright future in the game. Want the latest Cardiff City or Swansea City news straight to your inbox? Sign up to either the Cardiff or Swansea newsletter below and then each day at 4pm you'll receive a handy round-up of all the day's latest news with links to read the full articles. However, a small minority chose to target Williams on social media during the Lincoln City win on Thursday night.
But Reds fans hit back at the trolls and left Williams in no doubt that he is loved by supporters up on Merseyside, as well, no doubt, as those who have followed his progress in this corner of the world. It is fair to say, too, that Klopp also rates the Wrexham-born teenager and spoke highly of him after the right back last month penned a contract extension which will keep him at Anfield until 2025. "I think Neco is – how young players are – they are kind of 'projects'. "Unfortunately then, in the moment he started playing for us, I saw it, he got a little physical knock, like it was always really intense all of the time. Neco Williams blacks out Twitter account after abuse over mistake The highly rated youngster drew criticism from a small minority of fans for his error on Thursday Liverpool's Neco Williams has blacked out his Twitter account after receiving abuse for an error in his side's 7-2 win over Lincoln on Thursday night. The highly rated full-back, already a full Welsh international at just 19, lost possession shortly before Lincoln scored their first goal of the Carabao Cup encounter. According to reports, the teenager received abuse from a small minority of Liverpool supporters for the mistake - even though Jurgen Klopp's side ran out comfortable winners. This, it is assumed, is what prompted him to black out his social media accounts. Many Liverpool fans were quick to support the young full-back after his profile and header pictures were changed to all black after full-time at the LNER Stadium. Empire of the Kop was one of several prominent Liverpool accounts to take aim at those who had been unnecessarily critical of the teenager's performance. If you've played a part in this teenager thinking he has to black out his social media, you should be embarrassed. Williams is held in high regard by Klopp after progressing through Liverpool's youth ranks. Ryan Giggs is also an admirer, giving him his first call-up to the Welsh senior team for the international break at the start of this month. He repaid his faith by scoring a 94th-minute winner in the game against Bulgaria, ensuring the Welsh team secured top spot in their Nations League group. Liverpool have started the defence of their Premier League title with two wins over Leeds United and Chelsea. They play their third fixture of the new campaign on Monday night, when Arsenal visit Anfield.