Neco Williams has described Liverpool’s 1-0 victory over Shrewsbury as ‘unbelievable’ as the club’s youngest ever starting XI booked their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Jurgen Klopp’s decision to obey the Premier League’s winter break saw Liverpool field a youth side for their fourth round replay with the League One side, though the young Reds would progress courtesy of an unfortunate Ro-Shaun Williams own goal.
Teenager Curtis Jones would captain a side with an average age of just 19 years and 102 days, becoming the club’s youngest ever captain in the process, and would be amongst their better players during an impressive performance from a side managed on the night by U23 coach Neil Critchley.
Whilst the breakthrough after 75 minutes might have come in fortuitous circumstances, Williams’ high ball forward inadvertently headed past visiting goalkeeper Max O’Leary by Shrews defender and namesake Ro-Shaun, Liverpool were deserving of their progress on an occasion described as ‘unbelievable’ by the 18-year-old full-back.
“It was just unbelievable,” Williams told BBC Sport.
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”It was a night that we will remember for a long time, especially the debutants. The whole team dug in and we kept going to the final whistle.
“The crowd were excellent. This is a night lots of us will remember for a long time.
“As soon as the whistle goes at the start your mind is just focused on that game. The lads put everything out there tonight. It was a special night with a special team. I have known some of those lads out there since they were seven so to play at Anfield in front of that crowd, a special night.
“The lads were excellent and hopefully we will do the same against Chelsea in the next round. Every team Liverpool put out will put everything out there on the pitch.
“Our aim is to win the FA Cup. I think the lads will have been extremely proud of us and hopefully us young players will get a chance again.”
Liverpool will now travel to face Premier League rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the fifth round, with the fixture against the west London side scheduled for March 5.