Jurgen Klopp has praised the confidence of Curtis Jones and says ‘nothing’ can hurt the Liverpool midfielder following his impressive first-team breakthrough.
Jones has been at the forefront of a group of academy graduates to have made an impression at Liverpool so far this season, with the midfielder having shone in the absence of several senior stars through injury.
The 19-year-old has started seven times in all competitions so far this season and his increased status was evident during the midweek draw with Midtjylland, remaining an unused substitute for the Champions League dead-rubber ahead of this weekend’s trip to Fulham.
Jones has quickly become a valued member of the first-team and has scored six goals since his senior bow, growing in confidence as a creative presence in the Reds’ regular midfield three.
Klopp has been pleased with the development of the academy starlet so far this season and has been left impressed by Jones’ adaptation from promising prospect to first-team regular.
“He is a young talent still, but when you speak about the kids, you can forget about Curtis,” said Klopp at his pre-match press conference.
“When you are an outstanding talent in all of your age groups, then it is completely normal you develop a specific personality. He is very confident and nothing can hurt him, which is normal.
”When you then step up and realise a lot of really good players are around you in the first team, who are probably better because they are more experienced, a lot of talents struggle to adapt to that.
“From being the prince to being a normal player, but Curtis never struggled because of the experienced players who have shown him the pathway. He is in a good way and if it stay like this, the future is bright.”