Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has raved over Curtis Jones, after the teenager became the club’s youngster-ever captain against Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday.
Aged 19 and five days, the winger was handed the armband for the FA Cup fourth-round replay at Anfield, which meant Alex Raisbeck’s 120-year record was broken (aged 20 and 250 days).
Jones put in a performance to match the occasion, oozing confidence, aggression and determination in front of an impressed Anfield.
The Toxteth-born lad did his long-term prospects at the club absolutely no harm at all, and Aldridge reckons the starlet has what it takes to become a success.
He said (Sky Sports): “I’ve been watching Curtis for some years now since he was 15. And you could see – very much like Trent Alexander-Arnold – the potential that the lad had.
“He is just a quality footballer with natural ability and a good arrogance. He knows he is good and he does things the right way. But the lad can be a star.
“It looks like Adam Lallana is leaving at the end of the season after his contract expires. This lad will save the manager a lot of money because he can step right into the squad and you can always depend on him.”
The FA Cup outing was Jones’ 25th appearance of the season including games for the U23s, and his development is certainly coming along nicely.
TBR’s view – Jones can replace Lallana
Although Jones tends to operate more as a winger, he is undoubtedly showing signs he can replace the £25 million signing from Southampton (BBC Sport) as another technician in the squad.
Jones clearly has impressive footwork, as highlighted by his cheeky attempted nutmeg on a Shrewsbury defender by the corner flag in the first half, and a rabona.
Always comfortable in possession, he just never seems to be fazed when he pulls on the Liverpool shirt and that simply has to appeal to Jurgen Klopp, who’ll have some decisions to make in the summer.