'He knew': Liverpool coach impressed by 'unusual' Curtis Jones belief

Liverpool coach Gary O’Neil is impressed with Curtis Jones and his ‘unusual belief’. The Scouser is impressing as a first-team player.

We’ve long-known that Curtis Jones holds strong belief in himself. We heard about it when he was coming through and it’s carried through into the first-team.

But Liverpool coach Gary O’Neil wants to get across just how unusual that belief is – and how far it goes.

“He has this unusual belief in himself,” O’Neil told BBC Radio 5 Live. “You don’t see it very often. You only see it in ones that are destined to go to the very, very top.

“He knew that he could get into Liverpool’s first team from the under-23s, he knew he didn’t need a loan spell.

“He knew that when he got there he would be able to make an impact.”

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We couldn’t be more impressed with Jones this season. He’s gone from bit-part-player to starring in a Champions League knockout game in just five months.

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The sky feels like the limit after what was a complete performance. And now we hope he starts the derby this weekend.

That belief is carrying him far, then. It’s helping him step up in major games and, more importantly, when Liverpool need him.

And they’ve needed him a lot this season.

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Liverpool’s injury crisis forced Jones into so many games this season but that’s proven to be a blessing in disguise. He’s been fantastic and the regular games have developed him faster.

So where can he be by May? Where can he be in a year?

If the next 12 months are anything like the last, Jones will be a star. We’ll be seeing him in the first-team picture for a long time to come.

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