Liverpool left it late against Tottenham Hotspur as Roberto Firmino’s 90th minute header gifted his side all three points in a 2-1 win on Wednesday evening.
The Reds were intense, energetic and although José Mourinho might not agree, they were dominant for a large portion of the 90 minutes and in the end, it fully deserved the victory.
With Spurs parked firmly in front of their goal, the Liverpool midfield had to work tirelessly to penetrate the disciplined formation the well-organised north Londoners had set up. Amongst those work horses was the massively impressive Curtis Jones.
While Alisson was the Premier League champions man-of-the-match against Fulham, Jones was perhaps his side’s best outfield player and he followed up that performance with yet another outstanding display against Tottenham.
The No.17 was excellent going forward with the ball at his feet, at times mesmerising the opposition with his control. The Englishman created two chances, completed two out of three long balls and finished the game with 94 pc passing accuracy, making more passes than any other player on the pitch.
The 19-year-old played a major role in the game’s opener. Jones picked the ball up from deep and played a one-two with Firmino. The midfielder then dribbled into the Spurs box where he was unable to control the ball, but his efforts were rewarded when the ball rebounded to the feet of Mo Salah, whose shot was fortunately looped up and over Hugo Lloris in the Spurs goal.Embed from Getty Images
The academy graduate also completed his defensive duties effectively. He won four out of five aerial duels along with winning four interceptions, whilst his support of Robertson and Alexander-Arnold to nullify any counter attacks did not go unnoticed.
Amidst Liverpool’s injury woes, Jones has emerged as a confident and mature footballer, taking his opportunity with both hands. He has gone from being one for the future to being one for the present, with him now part of that trusted midfield trio.
Liverpool’s next fixture is against Crystal Palace on Saturday lunchtime. Even with the return of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keïta to full fitness, Curtis Jones has earned his right to start in midfield once again.
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