Curtis Jones stole the show as Liverpool beat Porto 5-1 on Tuesday evening. The 20-year-old put in a Man of the Match display.
Liverpool went to Portugal for a huge Champions League game on Tuesday. They faced Porto, the third seed in their group, knowing that avoiding defeat would be a big step towards progression.
Well, they did more than that. They crushed Porto 5-1 and while they took advantage of some bizarre goalkeeping, the Reds couldn’t have asked for a more routine win.
There were plenty of highlights, too. Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all got on the scoresheet, for one. James Milner put in another fine performance at right-back as Trent Alexander-Arnold missed the game with a groin issue.
But it was Curtis Jones who caught the eye the most in the 5-1 win. He played a part in all five goals, proving to be the most dangerous player on the pitch.
And according to Luis Garcia, he deserves extra praise for that.
Curtis Jones leads 5-1 win
“Outstanding performance of the whole LFC team but, [Jones] has been very impressive,” Garcia wrote on Twitter. “Not easy to deliver in such a big game.
“Played 3 games in a row, after long time with no competitive matches, having that intensity with and without the ball.”
He’s absolutely right. What makes Jones’s performance all the more impressive is that he’s been playing consistently for a week now.
Jones made his first start of the season a week ago as Liverpool beat Norwich City in the EFL Cup. He followed that up with a place against Brentford and then against Porto.
He shone in all three, too – we were already impressed by him before his display in Portugal. Honestly, it’s starting to look as though Liverpool have a very special player here.