Sunday night saw a quite remarkable performance by LIverpool’s youth side. The Reds put out a significantly weakened side to face Everton in the Merseyside Derby, the visitors fielded their strongest XI. To a man the Reds were excellent, the second string side ran out 1-0 winners over their local rivals. Curtis Jones put in a performance that showed he can be considered a rotation option going forward.
The local lad has been threatening to break into the first team for a while now but Jones’ performance in the Merseyside Derby was a true statement of intent from the youngster.
We saw Jones dominate Everton’s first string midfield. His dribbling ability was a joy to behold, he often drifted past his man and demonstrated some attributes in common with Gini Wijnaldum as he refused to be tackled.
The obvious highlight of the Scouser’s performance was his winning goal. The 18-year-old played a neat one-two with Divock Origi on the edge of the Everton box before curling the ball into the top corner, just out of the despairing reach of Jordan Pickford in the Everton goal.
It was a strike that will inevitably draw comparisons with those of Steven Gerrard – the youngster grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck in the same manner that Captain Fantastic did back in the day.
With the Reds squad stretched thin by injuries and fixture congestion, having Curtis Jones as a rotation option could be vital to the title charge this season, more first team minutes can only do the young lad good – who knows what levels he will be reaching this time next year if he is afforded more game time?