Neco Williams scored his first Nottingham Forest goal on Saturday against Liverpool. Afterwards, Jurgen Klopp tried to take the credit for the strike away from him!
The Wales right-back found himself in nosebleed territory early in the second half. He was teed up by Morgan Gibbs-White and his effort was deflected into the roof of the net.
Williams has played second fiddle for a large part of this season. Serge Aurier has been the number one option at right-back and the 22-year-old has been forced to wait patiently.
Klopp decided it would be wise to cash in on Williams during the summer. Forest paid £17 million to sign him from the Anfield giants and he’s very much viewed as one for the future.
On Saturday, however, Klopp decided to try and annoy Williams in a comical way. After the game, he caught up with the player he used to manage and he tried to take his goal away from him.
In some footage captured by the Liverpool media team, the Forest man is spotted enjoying a laugh and joke with Klopp as the teams wound down from a tough game.
The Liverpool boss can be heard suggesting the goal wasn’t his due to the deflection. Williams wasn’t having it though, claiming that he was having it due to the fact it was on target.
Williams scored for Forest and Klopp can’t take that away from him
It was all fun and games between Klopp and Williams. There is no doubt that the goal was Williams’ and there really is no need for the dubious goals committee to get involved here.
It’s clear that Klopp was very magnanimous in victory on Saturday. He also found time to praise Moussa Niakhate after Liverpool’s win and he enjoyed a nice moment with Williams too.
The youngster played several times under Klopp but he was loaned out at the back end of last season. He helped Fulham win the Championship and in the summer he signed permanently for Forest.
It’s clear that Klopp still thinks a lot of Williams. The challenge for the Forest man now is to finish the season on a high and hopefully help the team win enough games to avoid relegation.