Jurgen Klopp details training ground chat with Curtis Jones including key target

Jurgen Klopp hailed midfielder Curtis Jones following Liverpool’s win over Sheffield United on Sunday but insisted there is still more to come from the youngster.

Jones was instrumental in the Reds’ 2-0 victory, putting in a man-of-the-match display and opening the scoring at Bramall Lane.

The 20-year-old has gone from strength to strength after making his breakthrough last season and is now a fully-fledged member of Liverpool’s first team.

But Klopp believes Jones is only just getting started and explained what he and Liverpool’s coaching staff have been asking of him to take his game to the next level.

“There is a lot to come from Curtis,” Klopp said. “The potential is exceptional.

Curtis Jones celebrates after putting Liverpool in front
Curtis Jones celebrates after putting Liverpool in front

“We had a lot of talks this week especially, a video session as well where we showed him he has to be more in these decisive areas because he is very good with the ball.

“His control is good. He controls the game really well and keeps the ball, that’s all really good.

“But a player of this quality, we needed him in the finishing situations as well tonight.

“It worked out pretty well so we’re happy about that.”

Jones was in the right place at the right time to steer the ball home into the far corner after Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross ran free into his path.

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It’s been an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

They got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before going on to conceded seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.

Virgil van Dijk’s season was ended by injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favourites looking far less secure at the back – especially with Alisson’s injury worries too.

But there’s no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign – with Klopp ensuring his men continue at full pace as they bid for more title glory.

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He then played a hand in Liverpool’s second, collecting the ball in a tight area before feeding Roberto Firmino, whose shot deflected off Kean Bryan and past Blades’ goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

Klopp gave Jones a rest late on, withdrawing him for the final 10 minutes as Naby Keita made his return from injury.

After the match Jones dedicated his goal to Jose Becker – the father of teammate Alisson – who tragically passed away last week.

Former Liverpool legend Graeme Souness was impressed by Jones as he gave his analysis in the Sky Sports studio.

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Jones capitalised on a loose ball to curl it home and give his side the lead
Jones capitalised on a loose ball to curl it home and give his side the lead

“If you have played the game, then you’ll realise that this boy is full of technique, he can run with the ball, he can dribble with the ball, he takes the ball in the tight areas and he puts a shift in.

“At 20-years-old, he has a chance to be a real player for this club.

“He’s extremely gifted, the fact that he’s a Scouser is a real bonus for the club because they know the passion he’ll have for the club.

“And as he gets older and becomes an influence in the dressing room, that will spread to newcomers coming into the club.

“He could have a big part to play in Liverpool’s future, given he’s only 20 and he looks at home at this level.”

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