Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones has been named in Goal’s NxGn 2020 list of the top 50 footballers born on or after 1 January 2001.
The 19-year-old has come through the ranks at Anfield and has come a very long way in the last two years, culminating in a great start to 2020 for him.
This year, the young maestro scored Liverpool’s winning goal against Merseyside rivals Everton in the FA Cup third round and became the Reds’ youngest ever captain in the FA Cup fourth-round replay against Shrewsbury.
There are high hopes for Jones – contracted to Liverpool until the summer of 2024 – at Anfield and Goal recognised his talent and potential by naming him at number 27 in their NxGn 2020 list.
“There were never any doubts about Curtis Jones’ ability at Liverpool,” wrote the outlet. “The only concerns were over whether the midfielder, whom Jurgen Klopp describes as an “unbelievable player”, had the requisite patience to wait for his time to shine.
“The 19-year-old has improved immeasurably in that regard over the past year and is now reaping the rewards. This season alone, he has captained his boyhood club, and scored the decisive spot-kick in a Carabao Cup clash with Arsenal, as well as the winner in a Merseyside derby.”
In his eight senior appearances this season, Jones has shown he has the toolkit required to become a key member of Liverpool’s senior squad for years to come.
That he is now deemed one of the top 50 young players in world football by Goal is testament to just how talented he is and how much potential he has.
The Reds don’t really have another midfielder with the same skill-set as Jones, and if he continues the good work, then Jurgen Klopp will have a star at his disposal.