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Jurgen Klopp saw something special from Curtis Jones vs Atalanta

Jurgen Klopp saw something in Curtis Jones against Atalanta. The 19-year-old had a tough game in a disappointing defeat at Anfield.

No one played very well on Wednesday. Liverpool were flat throughout, failing to register a single shot on target at Anfield – an incredible stat.

But Jurgen Klopp at least saw something special from one player as the team slumped to defeat against Atalanta – Curtis Jones.

The Liverpool boss had a word about the 19-year-old after a mature performance.

“Curtis played again like a 26/27-year-old midfielder,” he said after the game, per Liverpoolfc.com.

Klopp was talking about how well his youngsters played, singling Jones out for something specific.

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That’s bigger praise than it initially sounds. In fact, it’s huge praise for a player who wasn’t even in the first-team squad this time a year ago.

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So for Jones to play with the maturity of an experienced midfielder in his prime is quite astonishing. Very, very few players can do that – even those playing at an elite level.

Being effective in a game is different to playing with maturity. Some players, in fact, never gain that maturity and fail to evolve beyond their younger years.

But this is a wonderful sign that Jones will hold down a place for years to come. He’s already capable of getting through a tough game like this, three days after a full 90, and playing with maturity.

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And he’s only going to get better, of course. The more he plays, the more he’ll learn and Jones has what it takes to develop into a great player.

It’s quite an incredible turnaround in under a year, then. Its not easy to look comfortable at the top level, let alone when you’re as inexperienced as Jones.

Hopefully, the young Scouser can make just as big a leap again over the next 12 months.

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