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Curtis Jones on Starring Turn against West Ham: “I Want to Score Goals”

Liverpool’s young midfielder looked back to his early season best with a brace against West Ham in the League Cup quarter finals.

Liverpool v West Ham United - Carabao Cup Quarter Final Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

On the weekend against Manchester United, Liverpool dominated possession and were the clear better side but their finishing let them down, the opener never came, and the floodgates never opened.

On Wednesday against West Ham, Liverpool dominated possession and were the clear better side. And their finishing didn’t let them down. The first goal came. The floodgates opened.

And amongst all the goals and the high standard of play, there was perhaps one other difference on Wednesday, and that was the central and starring role for midfield academy graduate Curtis Jones.

“I want to score goals, I want to help the team, that’s what I’ve got to do,” Jones said following the 5-1 victory that sends the Reds on to a two-legged semi-final against Premier League opponents Fulham.

“It’s okay playing well all the time but then you need to start to score goals. That’s what I’ve done there, so it’s a big smile on my face. I was saying then at the end of the game, I just want to go and play.

“If it’s the Carabao Cup, the Europa League, the Premier League, the FA Cup—I just want to go and play. Any time I’m out there, I’ve got a smile on my face; I try to help the team. That’s what I did.”

Jones’ pair of goals helped to seal the game and were his first two of the season to add to a trio of assists in the league and Europe, and his 90 minutes bring the 22-year-old to 883 so far on the season.

They’re also a reminder of the high standards that Jones was setting early in the season when he seemed a lock to start most weeks—before being hit by first a suspension and then a minor hamstring strain.

On the back of Wednesday’s performance and with Alexis Mac Allister out and Ryan Gravenberch questionable, most will expect Jones to start in the table topping clash against Arsenal on the weekend.

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