Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones is continuing his push for more first-team football.
The 19-year-old was pivotal as the Reds U19’s thrashed Napoli 7-0 in the UEFA Youth League.
Luis Longstaff (2), Elijah Dixon-Bonner and Jake also got in the scoring against the Italian side.
However, it was Jones who was the best player on the pitch, as he often is whenever he plays.
The Liverpool youth captain scored his first and Liverpool’s second from the penalty spot. Dixon-Bonners shot hit the hand of a Napoli player and the referee pointed to the spot. Jones made no mistake from the 12 yards putting the Reds 2-0 up.
His second came courtesy of some lovely build up play from Harvey Elliott. The 16-year-old beat his man all ends up before firing in a cross which Jones converted.
The young Scouser completed his hat-trick with an absolute beauty of a goal. After cutting back on the edge of the box Jones rifled home, leaving the Napoli ‘keeper stranded.
Barry Lewtas and co can now secure their place in the final 16 against RB Salzburg. The reds will progress if they avoid defeat when they travel to Austria next month.
Jones continues to be the standout Liverpool youth player this season. The 18-year-old has made two first-team appearances and earned rave review for his performances.
If this form continues, it going to become harder to keep him away from the senior set up. The Reds youngster is certainly doing no harm to his chances with consistently high-level performances for Lewtas and Neil Critchley