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‘Premier League level in him’: 19-year-old Liverpool gem tipped for starting spot ‘soon’

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‘Premier League level in him’: 19-year-old Liverpool gem tipped for starting spot ‘soon’

Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones has been tipped by fellow Reds academy graduate Edvard Tagseth to become a first-team starter soon, in conversation with the Liverpool Echo.

The 19-year-old has come through the ranks at Liverpool and has come a very long way in the last two years, culminating in a great 2020 for him so far.

In early 2018, Jones signed his first professional contract at Anfield and made his Under-23s debut.

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This year, the young maestro scored Liverpool’s winning goal against Merseyside rivals Everton in the FA Cup third round.

Jones also became the Reds’ youngest ever captain in the FA Cup fourth-round replay against Shrewsbury, and finished the 2019-20 campaign with 12 senior appearances in all competitions.

This term, meanwhile, he has made six appearances, including two in the Premier League and a start in the Champions League.

Tagseth, now a first-team regular at Rosenborg, spoke of how Jones was a cut above in the youth ranks and praised his talent, attitude and work ethic.

“When I came into the U16s, you could see straight away that he was the main man and he was by far the best player,” the Norwegian told the Liverpool Echo.

“He continued to develop and he was the best player I played with – one of them, at least.

 

“You can see that he has the Premier League level in him now and he was only 16 or 17 when he went to Melwood and started training there.

“He is a really, really good player and it was a pleasure to play with him. He is very confident outside the pitch, on the pitch, but he expects a lot from you.

“Even in the U16s, he expects a lot from you and I think that is what has made him the player he is today. He expects a lot from himself as well.

“Even though he is a dribbler, he gave 100 per cent in training every day and he runs a lot and does the defensive work as well.

“If he continues his development, he will be a starter soon, which is great to see.”

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Liverpool already have a star-studded team as it is but what’s potentially even more exciting for the Reds fanbase is the abundance of talented players coming through the ranks, of which Jones is one of the most highly rated.

There are high hopes for Jones – contracted to Liverpool until the summer of 2024 – at Anfield and, earlier this year, Goal.com recognised his talent and potential by naming him at number 27 in their NxGn 2020 list.

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