After spending all of last season training with the first team, Curtis Jones capped things off with a couple of impressive performances during the final run in after the title was wrapped up. With Adam Lallana moving on, the 20 year old Scouser seemed in line for a regular place on the bench and some occasional minutes.
With Jordan Henderson recovering from a knee injury, and Alexander Oxlade-Chamberlain recently suffering his own knee injury, Jones was given the opportunity to start in midfield alongside a very strong Liverpool team against VfB Stuttgart yesterday. Young Curtis didn’t just step in and play, he thrived in his 45 minutes on the field.
“Today I was in a position that I like, that I know, and was alongside good players so they helped me out a lot. But all in all it was a good performance and a good win.”
After his stellar performance, Jones described how excited he is for the season to start.
“We’ve been training hard this week. I’m happy to get 45 minutes in the tank and I thought that the boys performed well, so happy days,” said the young midfielder. “I can’t wait for the new season, you know! I’ve got off to a good start, I’ve trained well, I’ve stayed fit, got an assist and performed well, so I just can’t wait for the next game and I’ll see what the season holds for me on a personal level.”
It seems like Jones is ready to make an impact for Liverpool. Besides making a smart pass for the assist, he also had an impressive sequence just prior. He started the move deep in Liverpool’s half, surging forward with the ball before laying it off. He continued his run and was rewarded with getting the ball back inside Stuttgart’s box where he turned his man but wasn’t able to get off a strong shot on his weaker left foot.
Despite his impressive performance, Jones seems ready to play wherever he may be needed.
“I’ve always said that whenever I’m called upon I’ll always give 100 per cent, whether it’s right-back, center back, striker - I’ll always give 100 per cent.”
I don’t think the local lad and Academy product needs to worry about being played out of position. After acquitting himself well yesterday, and with a lot of games to play this season, he should be in line for minutes in his preferred midfield role.