Jamie Carragher believes Curtis Jones is a player who could help Liverpool match Manchester United. The ex-Red sees one thing United have that his old club lack.
Curtis Jones is enjoying the limelight right now after a wonderful couple of weeks. The young Liverpool midfielder is quickly making himself invaluable.
It started with Jones playing three roles in just a few days. Few players can do that, virtually none of whom are under 21. But we saw the 20-year-old play left-wing against AC Milan, holding midfield against Norwich City, and box-to-box against Brentford.
He scored in the latter, of course, but played well in all three. Then came Porto away.
Jones was absolutely electric in that fixture, playing a pivotal role in everything Liverpool did. He was involved in all five goals, assisting two and playing considerable parts in four.
Liverpool haven’t really had a midfielder like that in recent years. Someone who can sit deep and do the basics but also push on and be a big influence in the final third.
Jones did that, however, and now Jamie Carragher believes it could cement his role in the side. It would even give Liverpool something that Manchester United can call on.
Carragher on Curtis Jones
“When I watch United plan, who aren’t a patch on us as a team, you always feel there are four or five players on that pitch who could score a goal,” he told the This Is Melwood podcast.
“With Liverpool it always feels like there’s pressure on [Sadio] Mane and [Mohamed] Salah, really, to get the goals. And [Diogo] Jota when he plays.
“And I just think if Curtis can be the guy in midfield who can get that goal, that would almost cement his position in the team.”
That’s a role we’ve seen Jones fitting for some time now. In fact, his stats last season suggested he perfect at it.
The Scouser isn’t necessarily going to get the goals himself but few players are more threatening with the ball. Jones is constantly looking to move Liverpool forward, make things happen between the lines, and take teams apart.
The Porto game showed just how impressive he is when it all comes together. If he can add goals to his game, as Carragher says, then we’re looking at a truly special player and one who can move Liverpool up another level.
The next few months should be very interesting.