Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones says that he wants to add goals and assists to his game after becoming a regular starter under Jurgen Klopp.
The 19-year-old has taken full advantage of his side’s midfield injury list to start four of the last five games.
Indeed, the teenager is stepping up in the absences of several senior stars. Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcantara, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita are all out while Fabinho has dropped back into defence.
As such, his role is likely to be under threat when those players return to fitness. But despite that, Jones has performed admirably while he has had the chance.
“Especially in the team I’m playing in, the depth of the squad is big,” Jones said.
“There are a lot of players unavailable but for him and his staff to have the trust in me to put me out there on such a big level at such a young age is massive for me.
“It’s definitely a positive. I can’t wait to get a few more appearances hopefully.
“I’ve always said that regardless of when I’m called upon, in any sort of game for however long he puts me on for, I’ll always give 100 per cent. I think that has paid off and now I’ve started to get rewarded with starting and stuff.
“It’s even bigger [determination] and I have to repay him even more now. So, any time I’m on the pitch I’m giving 100 per cent. I’m working my absolute hardest. Hopefully I can top it off with a few goals in the season or a few assists.”
Jones’ recent run began in the home victory over West Ham. He also played in the two matches against Atalanta, as well as last Sunday’s 3-0 win over Leicester.
Klopp speaks out on Wijnaldum
Another mainstay in the Liverpool midfield is Georginio Wijnaldum, who is arguably the club’s most reliable player in the middle of the park.
But overshadowing his continued importance is his contractual situation; the 29-year-old is well into the final year of his contract with no signs of a renewal.
Speaking in a press conference on Friday, Klopp said that he remained “positive”.