Jamie Carragher says he ‘can’t remember’ seeing a performance like Curtis Jones put in for Liverpool in midweek. The midfielder stole the show in Porto.
What a display from Curtis Jones. The 20-year-old ran the show against Porto last Tuesday, having a hand in all five goals as the Reds ran riot.
Jones forced the first goal with a shot that fell to Mohamed Salah. He was then involved in the build-up for the second before leading a counter-attack to assist the third.
The fourth was the result of his work on the edge of Liverpool’s box. Jones held off two defenders, turned, and played a ball over the top for Roberto Firmino to score. No.5 came much like the first – a Jones shot that fell for a teammate to score.
We raved about the young Scouser after the game – it was a career performance and exactly the kind that Liverpool don’t usually get from their midfielders. They’re usually very functional, rather than game-changing.
Jones, though, showed an ability to dominate the attack from a midfield position and Jamie Carragher says he can’t really remember anything like it.
Carragher on Jones
“I can’t remember a team winning 5-1, two attacking players getting two goals, and a midfielder who didn’t score in the game getting Man of the Match,” Carragher told the This is Melwood podcast.
“But that shows how well [Jones] played. He was deservedly Man of the Match.
“Have Liverpool got something there that isn’t appreciated by our own supporters in some ways?”
Jones’s talent is perhaps flying a little under the radar. His underlying stats last season were spectacular, for instance, but he’s never received the same kind of plaudits as other certain players his age.
Things are changing, though. The last week saw Jones earn plaudits as he played a variety of positions and scored against Brentford. Then there was his Porto display, of course.
It’s becoming harder and harder to miss just how good Jones is, then. Another good performance against Manchester City and it’ll be time for the Premier League to finally see just what Liverpool have here.