Curtis Jones is keen to build on a promising breakthrough season and earn greater involvement in the Liverpool first-team next season.
Jones enjoyed a season to savour after progressing from the club’s academy ranks last term, finishing the campaign with a Premier League winners’ medal in addition to scoring a stunning Merseyside derby winner against Everton and becoming the Reds’ youngest-ever captain in a cup clash against Shrewsbury.
The teenager’s emergence has seen him rewarded with a new long-term contract and Jones is keen to build on a campaign that saw him make 10 first-team appearances in all competitions, outlining his ambition to play with ‘freedom’ alongside his Liverpool teammates he describes as ‘the best players in the world’.
“I love it,” Jones told Liverpoolfc.com. “For any young lad that’s coming into an environment like this, I think you need to be confident and I think you need to know that you’ve got a challenge ahead.
“The boys that we’re playing around, it’s the best team in the world, it’s the best players in the world I would even say. Coming in here, you’ve got to be confident, you’ve got to give yourself a challenge.
“You’ve got to kind of hold your game that you play at the Academy and just bring it here and just go out and play out with your freedom and just enjoy it.
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— Curtis Jones (@curtisjr_10) August 17, 2020
“The player that I am and as I see myself in the future, I think I need a bit of pressure and a little bit of pushing, kicking up the backside and a bit more of a challenge. I’ll see what the season holds for me.”
Jones’ is hoping to fill the void left by Adam Lallana’s departure to Brighton and his increased status has seen the midfielder handed the number 17 ahead of the new season, a shirt previously worn by former Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.
The 19-year-old has revealed his reasoning for taking the new number ahead of next season, and is hopeful he will be handed further opportunities to impress ahead of the coming campaign.
“My mum’s date of birth is the 17th but growing up I lived in a house and the number was 17,” Jones said. “It’s a childhood thing.
“I can’t wait to get started. We had a short break but I was working hard while I was off. I just hope I can carry on the season that I had last season.
“I haven’t really thought of one thing that I want to do. Hopefully I can just be more involved in the matchday squads and get a bit more game-time and show what I’m really capable of doing.
“Hopefully I can help the team with some more goals, assists and I’ll just see what the season holds for me.”