Liverpool under-23 boss has raved about Curtis Jones and told the club’s official website that he must continue performing.
The 19-year-old has been a revelation when called upon this season, scoring his first senior goal in the FA Cup third round against Everton.
He has made two appearances in the Premier League and naturally, he will be craving more opportunities to play first-team football.
On Monday afternoon, Jones was back playing with the under-23s, scoring a five-minute hat-trick during a 6-0 win over Sunderland.
Critchley was delighted with his performance and has recently offered Jones some advice on his next steps.
He told the club’s official website: “He is making big strides. Curtis has been a consistent top performer for us this season and I suppose the test for him now and the test for us is to keep driving the standard for him and not to settle for what he’s got.
“I know he won’t be and he will be looking for more. He has had a taste of it and he wants more than that.
“Curtis knows he has to to keep performing if he wants more chances at senior level but I’m sure that will come at some point.”
It does seem as though Jones has outgrown under-23s football and he hasn’t looked out of place in the first-team.
Once Liverpool have secured the title, Jurgen Klopp could look to promote him to the first-team on a more permanent basis.
Until then he may have to remain patient and keeping his eye in with the under-23 setup is hardly a bad thing.
Jones looks set for a really bright future and one way or another he looks like getting more first-team football next season.
It will be interesting to see whether that is at Liverpool, or whether Klopp might decide a loan spell is best for his development,