Jurgen Klopp had some very positive words about Curtis Jones after the teenager’s first Premier League start against Burnley.
Jones made his first Premier League start on Saturday, stepping in for Naby Keita in midfield. The 19-year-old had earned a starting berth, of course, with his goal against Brighton last week.
Here was his chance to show he can hang with the first-team, though. Could Jones step into this side and look at home with the champions?
Klopp’s words after the game suggest the answer is a resounding ‘yes’.
“Look, for a player with the creativity and the technical skills of Curtis, it’s a good game to play,” Klopp said after the game. “If the boys around him create these moments where Curtis can then really use these skills – turn, good orientation – our style of play suits him so that he can really be quite impressive, I know that.
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“A lot of steps to go for him obviously. But it was a good game, that’s true.”
What the future holds
Jones certainly played very well against Burnley. He was sharp, confident and on another day, he picks up a goal. The 19-year-old looked like a comfortable part of the team and as Klopp says, the style appears to suit Jones.
And it’s difficult to overstate how important that is. Jones can fit into this team seamlessly and play his natural game – a dream come true for any emerging talent.
He doesn’t have to worry about adapting just to get first-team minutes and will, instead, focus simply on improving his own game.
That’s hugely beneficial for Liverpool, too. They don’t need to go looking for a new signing and wait for him to adapt – they’ve got a talented kid who suits them and he’s nearly a senior fixture.