Popular football pundits – Gary Lineker and Jamie Carragher – have showered praise on Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones for his brilliant performance against Tottenham last night.
The Reds moved to the top of the Premier League table with a 2-1 win over Spurs, with Roberto Firmino scoring the winner right at the end.
Liverpool enjoyed 76% of possession and clearly dominated the match. The midfield trio of Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum and Jones worked tirelessly, with the youngster putting in arguably his best performance of the season thus far.
Lineker, the former great England striker, took to Twitter to praise the 19-year-old.
What a lovely footballer @curtisjr_10 is. Gonna be a helluva player. 👏🏻👏🏻
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 16, 2020
Carragher, the former Liverpool defender turned popular Sky Sports pundit, has picked Jones as the best player on the pitch.
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) December 16, 2020
In the absence of key midfielders through injuries, Jones has been getting regular chances this season, and he has grabbed those opportunities with both hands.
First, take a look at his stats last night:
Curtis Jones vs. Tottenham
94% Pass accuracy (106/113)
2/3 Accurate long passes
2 Chances created
1/3 Shots on target
4/5 Aerial duels won
Jones moves from strength to strength. First he didn't look out of place, then he looked comfortable, now he stands out. pic.twitter.com/YSKBAaklKm
— The Tactical Times (@Tactical_Times) December 16, 2020
Indeed, Jones has gone from strength to strength this season. Jurgen Klopp has kept immense faith in the youngster, and it is proving to be a breakthrough season for him.
The best part of Jones’ game is that he keeps it simple. He has got a good passing range and has shown great technical ability in ball retention.
In a massive, high-intensity game like this, a teenager proving to be a class apart from the rest reflects his strong attitude towards the game as well.
Jones playing at a high level could add selection dilemma for Klopp once Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain return to full match sharpness.