Luis Diaz sent Curtis Jones’ a congratulatory message after his performance for Liverpool last night.
Diaz was impressed by the 21-year-old midfielder, and let him know via Jones’ Instagram page after the game.
“Important win. Well done TEAM. Thank you for the brilliant away support as usual,” wrote Jones. To which Diaz, who was an unused substitute, responded with a heart emoji and a clapping hands emoji.
Among the other well-wishers were Kostas Tsimikas, Harvey Elliot and Adrian.
Jones and Diaz double-act
According to Jurgen Klopp, Jones and Diaz have become close ever since the Colombian joined the club in January.
“He’s (Diaz) really close with Curtis, he’s really close with Harvey,” Klopp said via Liverpool FC on YouTube earlier this month. “I’ve no idea how they talk to be honest but they’re really close. On an emotional basis they are like this and they were after a week and it’s really strange!”
Nice to hear the young Scouser welcoming newcomers to the city. He may not be on the teamsheet every week for Liverpool, but his passion and energy around the club make him yet another crucial cog in Klopp’s machine.
Another positive season for Curtis
After a good start, Jones’ season has tailed off a little. That’s no real surprise when you look at the players he has to get past in order to win a start for The Reds.
Last night was his tenth Premier League start of the season though. It was a reminder of the good that he can bring, while also showing that improvements can still be made.
Jones’ close control and ability to beat a man is among the best in the Liverpool squad. He is tidy with his passes and front-footed more often than not.
What lets him down slightly is his desire to hold onto the ball to try to make something happen. The youngster’s confidence in his own ability should be commended, but he still needs to learn when to release the ball quicker.
If he can do that, he has all the talent to make himself a more regular starter for Liverpool.
Still, he’s made 27 appearances for The Reds in this exceptional season. That may be down on last year’s 34, but given the heights that Liverpool have reached, that should be taken as another positive for the academy graduate.
Onwards and upwards for Jones, who will twenty-two midway through next season. He should no longer be seen as an inexperienced player and has to push-on even further to enhance his position in the squad.