Neco Williams hopes improving Liverpool’s FA Cup record will be a motivating ambition that drives the team on to the final in this season’s competition.
Liverpool beat Aston Villa 4-1 in the third round on Friday, though the hosts were forced to field a team comprised of youngsters as a result of a significant COVID-19 outbreak.
Jurgen Klopp’s men ended their long wait for a Premier League title last season and tasted Champions League glory in 2019, though they have not won the FA Cup since 2006.
That is a run right-back Williams, who played the full 90 minutes at Villa Park, is eager to change.
“The FA Cup is not a cup we have done that well in, so I think this year we are looking forward to pushing on and to get to the final and hopefully win it,” he told the club’s website.
“It’s always good to score goals and that just gives the lads who scored the confidence to go and do that in the next game, keep adding them goals to the charts.
“The more clinical they are, the more goals they are going to get. So it was good for the lads.”
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Williams, 19, sees increased opportunities to play as another advantage of an FA Cup run, while praising the efforts of Villa’s battling youngsters.
He added: “I think the more rounds we go through the FA Cup then hopefully the more game-time I can get.
“I think if I was a young lad or I hadn’t yet made my debut, the first thing I would want to do is make an impression and to give everything that I have got.
“And to be fair to their lads, they did what they were told to do and they gave us a good game.”
James Milner played on the opposite side of the defence to Williams and felt improvements had been needed after the Reds went into half-time with the match level at 1-1.
Milner told BT Sport: “I think obviously we needed to do some things better.
“We started pretty well with the counter-pressing and pressed on the ball, but then maybe didn’t get it right – especially for the goal [we] let them out of a couple of situations in the corner where they shouldn’t have got out.
“They’re good players, they’re at Aston Villa for a reason. Every single time you’re not quite there, you’re going to get punished. They took the goal and we had to lift ourselves again.”