Jurgen Klopp has tipped ‘unbelievable’ Curtis Jones to become a regular first-team player at Liverpool following the teenager’s stunning Merseyside derby winner.
The midfielder announced himself as a Liverpool player in some style to settle the club’s FA Cup third round meeting with rivals Everton on Sunday, scoring an audacious, curling effort from distance to net the only goal of the game and secure the Red’s place in the next round.
Jones was one of several teenagers to be handed an opportunity in what was a heavily rotated side, leaving Jurgen Klopp full of praise for the 18-year-old’s impact, tipping the Toxteth-born talent to make a major impression for the club in the coming seasons.
“It was an absolutely sensational goal, I love it,” Klopp told his post-match press conference.
“Everybody asks me about Curtis Jones, but there were so many good individual performances
“Let me speak about Curtis. Unbelievable player, Scouser, very confident, can’t wait to play in the first team. Rightly so. He is in a very good way, I’ve known him for three-and-a-half years.
“He was made big steps, he will be a Liverpool player if nothing strange happens 100%.
“I’m not surprised he scored that kind of goal. He has still things to learn and improve, but you sometimes forget, and we forget it in training, that he is only 18. Unbelievable.
“In Germany, because of a different system, he would play 100% another year in the youth team and nowhere else. Here, he is around the first team.”