Liverpool have produced some gems at the academy over the years. The Reds have seen the likes of Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen go on to be world beaters, the current crop isn’t bad either. We’ve got another Scouser currently making his mark; Jose Enrique believes Curtis Jones could be a world class midfielder.
We can call this Curtis Jones’ breakthrough season.
Although the Scouser did make some sporadic appearances last term this has been the campaign which has established him as a first team regular.
He has become undroppable in the midfield, his driving runs and invention on the ball becoming crucial.
Last weekend saw the best of him as he terrorised the Sheffield United defence with his direct style, his strong performance rewarded with a goal.
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He is already being talked about as a potential for the Euro 2021 squad, he just needs to keep up the consistently strong displays.
Jose Enrique on Curtis Jones
Former Reds defender Jose Enrique has been full of praise for Curtis Jones.
The ex-Anfield left back believes that the Scouser has what it takes to go all the way in the game, writing in his Empire of the Kop column:
“For me, of all Liverpool’s young players, since I saw him the first time, he’s the one who can make it right to the top. This is a player who can become a starter for years to come. Him and Trent, Scousers in the team.
“You have to be blind to not see his talent, but what I like the most is his work-rate. Him and Steven Gerrard are very different players, but that doesn’t matter – he could be world-class.
“The talent is there. The work-rate is there and the confidence is definitely there! The only thing that could stop him fulfilling his potential is attitude, but it doesn’t look like that’s a problem either and Klopp wouldn’t be playing him if it was.”
What RTK has to say
Jose Enrique isn’t the only one excited about Curtis Jones.
This lad seems to get better by the week and it is wonderful to watch.
We’re still not sure just what his best role is yet, it’s going to intriguing seeing him carve out his own role and identity.
Is he a Gini Wijnaldum type? A Philippe Coutinho type? A Steven Gerrard type?
The next couple of years should give us some idea.