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Popular soccer experts Gary Lineker and Jamie Carragher have praised 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 victory over Spurs, with Roberto Firmino scoring the winner right at the end.
Liverpool enjoyed 76% possession and clearly dominated the game. The midfielder trio of Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum and Jones worked tirelessly, with the youngster putting on possibly his best performance of the season so far.
Lineker, the former England great striker, took to Twitter to praise the 19-year-old.
What a cute soccer player @ curtisjr_10 ice. I’m going to be a great player. 👏🏻👏🏻
– Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 16, 2020
Carragher, the former Liverpool defender turned popular Sky Sports expert, has chosen Jones as the best player on the court.
– Jamie Carragher (@ Carra23) December 16, 2020
In the absence of key midfielders due to injuries, Jones has had regular opportunities this season, and he’s seized them with both hands.
First, take a look at his stats last night:
Curtis Jones vs. Tottenham
94% pass accuracy (106/113)
2/3 precise long passes
2 opportunities created
1/3 shots on target
4/5 aerial duels won
Jones moves from one force to another. First it didn’t look out of place, then it looked comfortable, now it stands out. pic.twitter.com/YSKBAaklKm
– The tactical times (@Tactical_Times) December 16, 2020
In fact, 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 revolutionary season for him.
The best part of Jones’s game is that he keeps it simple. He has a good passing range and has shown great technical ability in ball retention.
Jones was excellent against Fulham, but took his game to a whole new level against Spurs at Anfield on Wednesday.
In a massive, high-intensity game like this, a teenager who proves to be a class apart from the rest also reflects his strong attitude toward the game.
Jones playing at a high level could add a selection dilemma for Klopp once Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain return to full match clarity.