Steven Gerrard thinks Liverpool youngster Curtis Jones can become a “top, top player”.
The 16-year-old attacking midfielder played for the Under-19s yesterday as they brushed Spartak Moscow aside and Gerrard was delighted with the Toxteth-born teenager.
Jones scored a brilliant individual goal in the 2-0 win and Gerrard believes if he can add consistency to his game then he will have a big future at the club.
“He’s churning out some really impressive numbers. I thought he had some really good moments and really good periods [against Spartak],” Gerrard told the club’s website.
“I think the challenge for us and for Curtis is can we get that over a 90-minute performance on a regular basis? Then he’ll become a top, top player.
“But the combination, the speed how he done it and the finish [versus Spartak] – he took it really well, and he deserves all the plaudits that come his way.”
Jones has scored seven times in nine U18 Premier League outings this term and has netted four goals in six games in the UEFA Youth League, whilst making his debut for England U17s last month and also captaining the side against Russia.
Gerrard’s Under-19s finished top of their Youth League group with 15 points to qualify for the last-16.
“As I’ve said to the team, there is going to be good teams in the competition and it is going to be tough, the quality’s going to improve and it’ll become more of a challenge the further we go in, but if you’re an opposition team you wouldn’t want to play against us,” added Gerrard.
“When we are at it, like we were first half [on Wednesday], then in and out of possession we’re a challenge for anyone.
“We’ve got talent and ability in the team to win football matches and we’re capable of defending and doing it right, so we’re one to be feared, I think, for other teams.”