As Liverpool’s first-team struggled to brush off the threat of West Ham at Anfield, there was no such concern for the club’s under-23 outfit.
Neil Critchley’s team thrashed Sunderland 6-0 prior to Liverpool’s 3-2 win in the Premier League, setting up a last 16 showdown in the Premier League Cup.
The under-23 boss opted to select a strong starting eleven. Curtis Jones captained a side that also included Neco Williams, Ki-Jana Hoever, Pedro Chirivella, Adam Lewis and Harvey Elliott.
It was the performance of promising talent Jones that once again caught the eye of supporters. The 19-year-old has the golden touch right now and yesterday he smashed a hat-trick in five minutes, including a superb solo effort.
Jones has played twice in the Premier League, this season and also made five appearances in the domestic cup competitions.
It looks as though he will earn a prolonged spell in the Liverpool first-team and next season could be a big one for the versatile player.
Jones can play as a midfielder, a wide player or as a No.10 and his ability to plug gaps all over the park would make him a useful addition to Klopp’s team.
Following his breathtaking hat-trick, we looked at a selection of tweets from Liverpool supporters regarding the new kid on the block.
— Jon (@JonBarker75) February 24, 2020
He's the direct replacement for Lallana, similar styles of play.
— Kester Sinzu (@KesterSinzu) February 24, 2020
He’s head and shoulders above those kids he’s playing against. Premier league quality already
— 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 (@dogjoel) February 24, 2020
Will save the club £50m this summer.
— Nick Howitt (@NickHowittUK) February 24, 2020
The new Sherrif is in town
— Regyn Braga (@BragaRegyn) February 24, 2020
@danielolly14 class 👌
— Matthew Collins (@_matthewcollins) February 24, 2020
He literally looks like a 12 year old against an under 8 team. This lad has superb talent
— HoodedRed (@HoodedRed1) February 24, 2020
Far too good in that side mate
— Jacob Dunne (@JacobDunne8) February 24, 2020
A really good hat trick, such a massive talent.
— Simmo ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (@TonyboySimmonds) February 24, 2020