Curtis Jones is quietly becoming one of the best young players in the Premier League. The teenager started against Leicester City on Sunday.
Curtis Jones didn’t steal the show against Leicester City but the young Scouser is impressing.
He had more touches and passes in the game than any other midfielder or forward on either side. That’s quite a stat for a teenager – Jones was as involved as anyone in a big game.
This was a big game, after all. Leicester went into the weekend on top of the table and will have fancied their chances against an injury-stricken Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp put Jones into the starting lineup for the biggest game of his career – and certainly didn’t hide. He got involved and kept going all game.
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You can’t really ask more from a young player like Jones. Just don’t hide – make sure you’re in the game for throughout the 90 minutes. The fact Jones did that is a great sign then.
And he did it despite struggling at time. Whoscored have him as being dispossessed six times – more than the rest of the Liverpool team combined. Twice as often as the Leicester City team combined.
The fact Jones never stopped looking for the ball and moving it on is a sign of his mentality. It’s a mentality that should take him far, too.
Just how far, we don’t yet know but Jones is quietly becoming a top young player in the Premier League. He proved that he can handle big games, he looks like a natural, he can make things happen.
We saw the latter best against Atalanta. While Jones did produce against Leicester (created two chances and won a tackle), he was even better in Bergamo.
We felt that performance pushed him up the pecking order and the way he played against the Foxes kept him there.
Jones isn’t someone who many knew about a year ago. Few tipped him for greatness before his debut and there’s no talk that he’ll make the England squad soon.
But the way he looks right now suggests Jones is going to make it at the very top. He’s comfortable in the Premier League at 19 and he’s far from the finished package.