Liverpool FC’s Curtis Jones was named Man of the Match for his efforts on Wednesday. He notched the equaliser with a deflected strike as the Redmen mounted a comeback to win the first leg of the Carabao Cup semifinals 2-1 against Fulham.
Speaking to Sky Sports in his post-match interview, Jones reflected on his breakthrough over the past year:
“I came all the way through the academy, so it [scoring] means more,” he said. “I’ve been around the team since I was 17, and the journey has been up and down.”
“It has not always been easy, but I’ve always stuck in there, my mindset is right. I know I have the ability, and I just need the game time.”
Jürgen Klopp heard that and acknowledged so in his interview with the BBC, whilst also praising how far he’s come:
“Curtis [Jones] is super, super, super important to us, and he knows that. Coincidentally, I heard his interview, and the only thing to break through was ‘I need more game time’. *laughs* I love that!”
“So sorry, Curtis, that I didn’t give you more game time earlier.”
“He has made big steps. He looked like the fittest player on the whole pitch. He got a knock, I think a dead leg, he went down, but then a second later, he turned around and scored.”
“A good footballer, very, very good - he always was... but using these skills, he is now for me, for him for everybody, thank god, doing it consistently. That is really cool. He made big steps in defensive things, which gives him a better feeling for the game. Then, all of a sudden, he can show his quality more.”
“It is a joy to have the boy around because he has this natural scouse confidence, and it is really cool.”
It’s been really nice to see Jones thriving and making the case for himself to be one of the first names on the team sheet. Long may it continue!