Almost forgotten amid the crescendo of goals and celebrations late in a 5-0 victory, was Curtis Jones’ contribution.
Jones, 19, was selected to start his first Champions League match for Liverpool, and he did not let the team down.
His performance especially in a cagey second-half once he had helped Liverpool keep possession against Atalanta’s press.
The teenager wasn’t phased when he was closed down, with his technical quality enabling him to persistently manoeuvre between tight spaces.
Jones played the full 90 minutes in what was certainly his most assured and composed performance to date for Liverpool given the occasion and the quality of the opposition. He showcased once again he can be trusted to start more regularly under Jurgen Klopp.
While the attacking stars will deservedly take the plaudits following such a devastating performance in the art of goalscoring, a lot of their work was indebted to the meticulous work that was tirelessly orchestrated from start-to-finish from Liverpool’s midfield triumvirate.
Jones is a quality player in his own right, and he even registered himself an assist when he supplied Mohamed Salah for the third goal of the night moments into the second half.
In total, he created two chances, made two successful dribbles and averaged an impressive pass success rate of 93%.
It is because of the quality that he brings, that Jones will rightly continue to knock on Klopp’s door for more opportunities in this Premier League-winning set-up.
This was the biggest game of his Liverpool career so far, and he passed with flying colours.
It had the perfect blend of quality and exuberance as Jones showcased to his team he also has the discipline and tactical nous required to warrant such trust from his manager.
This was no easy match by any stretch, and despite Liverpool running riot, they had to remain compact and resolute to frustrate an Atalanta side that clocked up 98 goals in 38 Serie A matches last season.
In fact, Liverpool were the first team to prevent Atalanta from scoring in 13 matches – the previous being a 2-0 defeat to Inter Milan in August.
It is always going to be tough for Jones to feature for Liverpool given the midfield quality he is up against. It is worth noting that the Reds have eight midfielders on their books which included some of the best players in world football such as Thiago Alcantara, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Naby Keita, James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Here is a look at the reaction to Jones‘ performance…
Thought Curtis Jones was superb tonight – a real coming of age performance. Excellent going forward, disciplined going back the other way. Repaid Klopp's faith #LFC
— Dave (@DaveLFC264) November 3, 2020
Let's take a moment to appreciate Curtis Jones. Man bossed the midfield in a Champions league game and he's only 19
— Ashvin (@El_Pistoleroooo) November 3, 2020
Him and Curtis Jones. A very good team performance. #LFC
— LFC MNad 1️⃣9️⃣ 🏆 (@LFC_mnm) November 3, 2020
— Niall Armitage (@Niall236) November 3, 2020
Thought Curtis Jones was outstanding tonight. Great to see so many academy players putting in really good performances #LFC
— Seán 🇮🇪⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (@LFC556) November 3, 2020
5-0 demolition job this eve. Attackers (particularly Jota) were on fire. Defence looking good despite the absence of VVD, shout out for young Rhys Williams and Curtis Jones. Ali showing why he’s the worlds best in goal. Boss. Up the reds! #LFC
— TD (@dearlove_T) November 3, 2020
Fantastic performance tonight
Jota was superb
But big mentions to Rhys Williams & Curtis Jones both of whom were quietly assured throughout#LFC
— Barry Spruce (@HytheBarry) November 3, 2020
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