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Curtis Jones discovers harsh footballing lesson

For Curtis Jones, Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against West Brom was a chastening experience.

It was perhaps in many ways, his most significant performance for the Reds to date, with Jones discovering first-hand the brutal realities that exist at the top level of football.

Liverpool were totally dominant in the first-half, in-fact, they barely even broke a sweat with Jones completing more passes than the whole of the West Brom team combined.

After the break, however, Jones discovered a harsh reality as the visitors seriously ramped up the intensity while Liverpool slackened horrendously.

Despite their total control in possession, Liverpool were toothless in attack. Jones, unfortunately, epitomised this unfortunate trend as the teenager failed to register a shot nor create a single opening for his team.

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Of the 76 passes he clocked up, none were able to find a way through a well-organised and resolute Sam Allardyce defensive set-up, as per WhoScored.

The veteran Premier League manager lives off scraps and is one of the best in the business in patiently waiting for the right opening to punish his opposition.

Unfortunately for Jones, it was his sloppiness and eagerness to overplay that led directly to the opportunity that Allardyce had been meticulously building up to for 82 minutes.

Jones, who was bursting with his trademark self-belief, was guilty of overplaying on the edge of Liverpool’s box and needlessly surrendered a corner as a result.

In any other given match, such wouldn’t be considered a mistake worth noting, but against an Allardyce side, even a throw-in represents a viable goalscoring opportunity.

Jones’ error was one of the first incidents where his lack of experience became glaringly obvious for all to see, in what was only his seventh Premier League start.

The incident overshadowed what was by large, a matured and accomplished performance from Jones’ behalf. However, as West Brom and Allardyce showcased, such mistakes can prove costly at this exalted level.

Such a setback can still be taken as a positive and an opportunity for Jones to mature his game even further.

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