Liverpool youngster Curtis Jones lays down marker in quest for first team spot

Liverpool are through to the fourth round of the FA Cup after they beat Merseyside rivals Everton 1-0 at Anfield. A goal from Curtis Jones separated the sides and secured the win for the Reds.

Jürgen Klopp made nine changes to his side from their previous game against Sheffield United. He opted for a side mixed with experience as well as youth. The decision paid off and it was a youth player who won the man of the match award.

Curtis Jones put in an excellent performance against the Toffees. The young midfielder had the highest passing accuracy out of all starting players with 89% completion. Jones also made three key passes during the game.

The 18-year-old won the only tackle he was involved in as well as the only aerial duel he attempted. He was solid defensively when called upon.

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However, Jones’ best involvement would come in the 71st minute when the Englishman linked up with Divock Origi. The Belgian did well to retain the ball against the two blue shirts pressing him.

Origi played a simple pass back to the youngster who took one touch before lofting a curled effort towards the Everton goal. The strike nestled into the top right corner to give Liverpool the lead as well as give Jones his first senior goal.

The young Scouser will be elated with his first goal for the club especially since it was in a Merseyside derby. The future seems to be bright for Curtis Jones and hopefully the No.48 can make the most of the opportunities he will be given in a similar way to the one he took in the FA Cup third round.

Scott Mason

Contributor. Irishman. Steve Finnan started my LFC love story.

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