Adam Lallana risks wrath of Liverpool fans but they should listen to his advice

Adam Lallana has blasted Liverpool fans criticising Neco Williams online as “keyboard warriors”, labelling him a ‘top player’.

Jurgen Klopp promoted the Welshman to the senior set-up last season and after impressing at Melwood, he has been used in several games this season.

However, despite doing enough to convince Klopp, there is still a section of the Liverpool fanbase who have yet to reach that point.

Ki-Jana Hoever was sold to Wolves during the summer window, a transfer which has caused even more annoyance among some fans.

After the 7-2 Carabao Cup win over Lincoln City in September, Williams was forced to take a break from Twitter after receiving abuse on the social media platform.

He has since returned, but following the Champions League defeat to Atalanta, the 19-year-old came in for stick once again.

Lallana spoke about the criticism after that Lincoln City game and condemned the small section of supporters.

“I actually remember watching the game, and I came across it on my socials that he took a bit of stick,” he told Radio Stakhanov’s Between the Lines podcast.

“If that’s what a young lad’s had to do…it was such ridiculous scrutiny from these keyboard warriors, I remember watching the game and the lad didn’t even have a bad game!

“He might have given the odd pass away, but he’s a young lad, he’s learning. Of course you’re going to have bad games.

“To see a young lad playing at the top level, for a top team, having to feel like he has to deactivate his socials or whatever, it’s sad at the end of the day.

“But he had to go through it. It will have built a thicker layer of skin for himself. It will make him stronger.”

Williams’ role is set to increase further, with Trent Alexander-Arnold facing a spell on the sidelines.

But Lallana is convinced that despite any growing pains they may see, he has the ability to step into the England international’s shoes.

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“He’s going to have bad games in the future and he’ll know just to build up that thick skin,” Lallana added.

“You just ignore it and make sure you don’t give it the attention it [wants].

“He’s a top, top player, and he’s already shown that so far in what he’s achieved in such a small period at Liverpool.”

Klopp has brought the good times back to Anfield and during his five-year spell at Anfield his mistakes can be counted on one hand.

Lallana is hoping that supporters can trust his opinion once again.

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