Alan Shearer has told Match of the Day 2 that Curtis Jones was the best player on the pitch as Liverpool beat Sheffield United 2-0 at Bramall Lane on Sunday.
The Reds got back to winning ways with an impressive showing against the Blades. The contest was actually goalless at the break, but only after Aaron Ramsdale had made a number of superb saves.
However, Liverpool did not have to wait too much longer for the opener. And it was Jones who found the bottom corner. The 20-year-old showed tremendous composure after Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross ended up falling to him towards the edge of the box.
And Shearer suggested that Jones deserved his goal after proving to be the standout performer for the champions throughout the win.
“When you look at the experience in that team, particularly in that midfield in Thiago and Wijnaldum, it was the youngster that was the best player on the pitch for me, Curtis Jones,” he told Match of the Day 2.
“20 starts he’s had this season, 20 years of age, I thought he showed a great maturity. A lot of his good work was going forward. At times, he was the furthest man forward. He was the one who was driving forward with the ball, showing that energy to get in there.
“I thought it was a fantastic performance from him,” he went on to add.
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Jones’s form has arguably been a real positive to emerge from this campaign. It is almost remarkable to think now that he only made one Premier League start during the Reds’ march to the title last year.
He is now threatening to become a key man for Jurgen Klopp’s side. And moving forward, it would be no surprise to see him take on a more prominent role from next season.
He has not looked out of place on the biggest stages. And when Liverpool needed a goal against Sheffield United, it was the academy graduate who stepped up with a moment of class.