Curtis Jones has certainly showcased he his going to be some prospect for Liverpool in the years ahead.
The 19-year-old academy graduate proved his credentials for next season after Project Restart and his influence in the team demonstrated why he has been deemed as the natural successor to Adam Lallana who was described by Jurgen Klopp as a ‘club legend’.
Jones managed to clock up six Premier League appearances last time around – scoring three times across all competitions for his boyhood club including the FA Cup Goal of the Season against Merseyside rivals Everton.
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It’s no real surprise, of course, to see Jones blossoming considering the teenager has the perfect blend of humility coupled with a swagger in his play that has seen Jones effortlessly make the grade in Klopp’s midfield set-up.
Jones can be a top player for Liverpool in the years to come and the youngster’s mental toughness is well beyond a player of his age bracket.
The West Derby midfielder has showcased he isn’t phased by the world-class options around him and that he relishes being in a team that is littered with some of Europe’s best players.
“For any young lad that’s coming into an environment like this, I think you need to be confident and I think you need to know that you’ve got a challenge ahead”, Jones revealed during an interview with Liverpool’s club website.
“The boys that we’re playing around, it’s the best team in the world, it’s the best players in the world I would even say. Coming in here, you’ve got to be confident, you’ve got to give yourself a challenge.
“You’ve got to kind of hold your game that you play at the Academy and just bring it here and just go out and play with your freedom and just enjoy it.
“The player that I am and as I see myself in the future, I think I need a bit of pressure and a little bit of pushing, kicking up the backside and a bit more of a challenge. I’ll see what the season holds for me.”
What RTK has to say
What a statement from a player who is expected to make a big impact in Liverpool’s title defence next season.
The fact Jones is relishing the fight ahead for places typifies why he is already the perfect option for Jurgen Klopp in the 2020/21 season.
Even amid growing reports that Liverpool are in the hunt for the £27m-rated Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, Jones has stated he requires pressure and a ‘kicking up the backside’ to improve his overall game.
It’s a huge bonus for the youngsters in Klopp’s squad that they can surround themselves with world class players in practically every training session. No wonder Jones has already adopted the mindset of that befitting a serial winner.
Jones has enormous potential and he’s already accelerated his development at a fantastic rate. Thanks to the way Liverpool operate and train, he’ll improve even further. It’s scary to imagine how good he could become in a year’s time.
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