Liverpool academy director Alex Inglethorpe has compared Curtis Jones to first-team stars Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana, saying the youngster can deliver in similar areas of the field.
Jones, who plays most of his football for the Reds‘ Under-23 side, was given his first senior appearance of the season in the 2-0 win over MK Dons in the EFL Cup last month.
Aside from that, the 18-year-old has scored four goals and assisted three others in nine appearances so far this term and, speaking to The Athletic, Inglethorpe said Jones has shown qualities similar to Mane and Lallana in his career so far.
“Curtis was excellent in possession and looked a real threat,” the academy chief said. “He has been outstanding in the Under-23s games so far this season and having that run of games has helped him. He’s got bigger, stronger and gained more experience.
“I think Curtis can play in two positions – left of the front three and in midfield, too. He’s possibly more Adam Lallana than Sadio Mane in terms of his approach and capabilities.”
Inglethorpe also labelled 16-year-old Harvey Elliott a “real threat”, while talking about Caoimhin Kelleher and Rhian Brewster, he said: “Caoimhin made some good saves at key times and showed real calmness with his feet. It’s just good to see Rhian back after so long out injured.
“It will probably take him a bit of time to find his rhythm. When you haven’t played for that length of time it can sometimes take a bit out of you so we need to be patient.”
Liverpool return to action on Sunday when they travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United and ahead of the match, former Red Dirk Kuyt has outlined what Jurgen Klopp’s men will need to do to secure victory.