Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has described youngster Curtis Jones as an “exceptional” talent after the 19-year-old produced a superb performance in Liverpool’s 7-2 EFL Cup third-round win over Lincoln City on Thursday.
Jones, who made is 16th first-team appearance for Liverpool scored twice against Lincoln City and Klopp has suggested the midfielder can expect to play more regularly if he continues to produce such brilliant performances.
“I think each game is ideal for Curtis to play in because of the quality he has, the skills he has,” Klopp told a media conference.
“First half, really good. Start of the second half, really good. And then there is still space for improvement, obviously.
“Both goals were difficult. I think the second goal, the first touch was absolutely exceptional. It was slightly deflected, but that’s just exceptional.
“I think everybody knows my opinion about Curtis. He is an exceptional talent and we will have some fun with him, I’m pretty sure, in the future.”
Takumi Minamino was also impressive for Liverpool on the night, adding to Xherdan Shaqiri’s opener with a fabulous strike from outside the area and then doubled his tally with Liverpool’s fifth 18 seconds after the restart.
While Klopp was pleased to see him get on the scoresheet, he praised the Japan international’s relentless energy.
“I loved Taki’s game tonight; it was absolutely outstanding and he was involved in so many situations,” Klopp added.
“More and more, I think we all realize where his qualities are. Wherever he will play in the end, he will end up in the centre. If he plays on the left-wing or the right-wing, he will play in the half-spaces or the centre because that’s where he has his real strength.
“The opponent had to kick off seven times [after Liverpool’s goals] and the first guy who chased the opponent again when they received the pass was Taki.
“He set the rhythm for all these pressing and counter-pressing situations, so I really, really liked his game tonight.”
Liverpool are preparing to host Arsenal twice next week, first on Monday and the other on Thursday