Curtis Jones is one of a host of young Liverpool players to have performed well under influential manager Jurgen Klopp.
The 19-year-old has impressed during his breakout season, scoring three times in 10 appearances.
And when you consider the quality of some of his performances, it’s no wonder Klopp is hailing Jones as a future Liverpool star.
His strong midfield displays have warranted numerous call-ups to the side where he continues to provide a creative spark going forward.
He is clearly rated highly by the coaches and fans at Anfield, but who really is Curtis Jones?
Here are 11 things you may not know about him.
He’s recently signed a long-term contract until 2025
Jones signed a new contract with the Reds earlier this month which is set to keep him at Anfield until 2025.
He joined the Liverpool academy at age eight
Jones is a lifelong Reds fan who joined the club aged just eight. He quickly rose through the youth teams before receiving first team call-ups in the 2018-19 season.
He’s the youngest ever Liverpool captain
Jones was just 19 years old when he captained the team against Shrewsbury earlier this year, making him the youngest captain in the club’s history.
The side won the tie 1-0 after an own-goal from Shrewsbury Town player Ro-Shaun Williams.
Steven Gerrard once built a team around the youngster
When club legend Steven Gerrard was managing Liverpool’s U18s team, he built the squad around Jones: “This team is built around him. He’s a top talent and he’s a top player.”
The decision was clearly effective as Jones finished the season with 18 goals in 29 appearances.
He made his debut in a 7-0 friendly win
The youngster played 45 minutes in the friendly win over Chester, assisting Harry Wilson’s second goal in the game.
Liverpool dominated the game from the outset, eventually winning 7-0.
His first senior goal was a stunning derby strike
There’s not many better ways to announce yourself at your dream club than by scoring a wonder goal against your rivals.
That’s exactly what Jones did when he scored this stunning strike against Everton in the Merseyside derby.
Jones wants to become a Liverpool legend
“As a young lad growing up who loved football, it was always my dream to come here and spend the whole of my career here. I’m here to make history at the club and try and be a legend.”
It seems Jones could follow in the footsteps of Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher to become a club legend in the city.
Youngest goalscorer in a Merseyside derby since 1994
Scoring that goal above against Everton ensured Jones was the youngest goalscorer in a Merseyside derby since Robbie Fowler way back in 1994.
Jones was just 18 years and 340 days old.
He thinks the current Liverpool team is the best in the club’s history
“Growing up, I’ve always watched Liverpool and there’s been some great players, including my idol Steven Gerrard and his team that he played in was great. But I definitely think this is the greatest I’ve watched and I’m grateful to be part of it.”
He scored his first Premier League goal against Aston Villa
The player started his Premier League goal tally against Aston Villa, helping the Champions-elect to a comfortable 2-0 victory with a good finish in the box.
Jones grew up in Toxteth in the centre of Liverpool
He was born and raised in Toxteth, Liverpool. The prospect fondly remembers his childhood there, telling The Independent last October: “I grew up the way a lot of Scousers do, just being a street kid, not having the best facilities, and making the most out of everything you can.”
It seems Curtis Jones is definitely a player to watch for both Liverpool and England fans, if this season is anything to go by.News Now - Sport News