Liverpool youngster Curtis Jones has paid tribute to former England internationals Steven Gerrard and James Milner for pushing him on to get to the fringes of the first team squad.
As per the Independent, Jones said Gerrard kept him on track when he worked with him in the academy and Milner has taken the mantle on now.
He said of Gerrard: “A lot of people didn’t see the work both of us put in to push me on to get into the first team. Things weren’t always easy, but he was the perfect person at the perfect time to help me. He was the main coach who really told me what I had to work on. It was my all-round game, but also my all-round person. He knew the talent I had and put the fine details to me.”
And he added on Milner: “When I started to show [things were easy] in the wrong way, he told me: ‘Look, you can’t be doing those type of things as the game gets bigger’… and I’m saying it in a lot better tone that he did. Coming from him, it really opens your eyes.”
TBR’s View – Liverpool perfectly set up now to drill standards into young players
The current Liverpool dressing room has standards as high as any club in the Premier League and that is the ideal environment for a young player like Jones to learn in.
He won’t come across a better player than Milner to learn from in terms of his fitness, professionalism and drive to continue improving.
It’s up to him to take that on and put himself in the best possible position to take over when the likes of Milner and Adam Lallana eventually step aside.