Ian Wright believes that Curtis Jones has proved an “unbelievable find” for Liverpool and is on a one-track road to Anfield greatness.
Liverpool-born Jones rose through the Reds’ academy ranks and made his first-team debut in January 2019. He has enjoyed several stellar moments since, including picking up a Premier League winners’ medal last season. In addition, he knocked Everton out of the FA Cup with a fantastic strike last term.
This campaign, though, injuries to key stars have led to Jones forging a crucial role in Jurgen Klopp‘s team.
Fabinho and Jordan Henderson have stepped back into central defence, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita have struggled for fitness.
Jones made sporadic outings last season, but has become arguably a centrepiece of the team. The England Under-21 international has played in 20 of 28 Premier League games, nailing down a regular starting role to boot.
According to pundit Wright, he will only get better once Liverpool‘s form improves.
“They’re a very good team, Liverpool,” the former striker told Optus Sport‘s Kelly & Wrighty Show.
“Even someone like Curtis Jones has gone under the radar, because of the way they’ve performed, but he’s an unbelievable find.
“The way they have brought him in. He looks so comfortable in any scenario they put him in.
“Once it starts getting going and Liverpool can get on that winning run he’s only going to get better.”
Liverpool slumped to a low of eighth in the league recently, after sitting top on Christmas Day. Indeed, the Reds now face a battle to make the top four.
The drop in form has partly coincided with the injuries, with Fabinho and Henderson’s changing roles affecting the balance of the team.
Jones wary of Liverpool praise
For his part, Jones said earlier this season that he does not feel like an “established first-team player” yet.
He added: “There’s been a few injuries around so I’ve been called upon and I’ve taken my chance well.”
Manager Klopp, though, has labelled the player’s potential as “exceptional”.