A number of Liverpool fans have waxed lyrical about Curtis Jones after his impressive display for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds in Saturday’s pre-season friendly.
The 19-year-old has come through the ranks at Anfield and has come a very long way in the last two-and-a-half years, culminating in a great 2020 for him so far.
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.
On Saturday, Liverpool faced Stuttgart in their first friendly match of pre-season in Austria and ran out 3-0 winners in rainy conditions.
Jones, looking a lot more muscular, took part in the first 45 minutes and stood out during as part of a fairly senior side, setting up Roberto Firmino for the opener after some great footwork.
There are high hopes for Jones – contracted to Liverpool until the summer of 2024 – at Anfield.
Indeed, Goal.com recognised his talent and potential earlier this year by naming him at number 27 in their NxGn 2020 list of the world’s top 50 youngsters.
Plenty of Anfield faithful were delighted with the boyhood Red’s display and took to social media to give their thoughts:
• Solid start to pre-season.
• Keita club is officially closed.
• Curtis Jones looks the real deal.
• Brewster looking decent.
• Good start for Tsimikas.
• Clean sheet.
• Can’t ask for more.
• Red Bull Salzburg, next.
— – (@AnfieldRd96) August 22, 2020
Three takes from LFC-Stuttgart
1. Curtis Jones deserves a first team spot. Creates, works hard, great in crowded spaces. He’s bulked up.
2. Great debut by Kostas Tsimikas.
3. Billy Koumetio is a great prospect. Has size, good read of the game, great passing foot – still only 17.
— Maxi (@MaaxiAngelo) August 22, 2020
Curtis Jones looking a real player again here. He’s fillled out as well and looks the part in every department
— Mark Currie ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@mark_curriemmc) August 22, 2020
Curtis Jones, one of the best young players in the league!
— Geir Ivan Torvik (@GeirIvanTorvik) August 22, 2020
What I like the most about Curtis Jones is his inner belief to do something spectacular, almost like Coutinho.
— Nas (@Nascelotti) August 22, 2020
Jones giving me coutinho 17/18 vibes
— ً (@hazii4tg) August 22, 2020
Curtis Jones can go as far as he wants in this game. Reminds me of Jack Grealish in the way he’s so comfortable in possession
— LFC Central (@LFCCentral1) August 22, 2020