There will be a sense of deflation in the Liverpool camp after they failed to come away with all three points against a struggling Fulham side last night. The Cottagers did well to hold the reigning champions to a 1-1 draw, thanks to Bobby Reid’s opening strike in the first half.
The Reds only found a way back when they were awarded a penalty late on and Mohamed Salah stayed cool and calm to tuck away the equaliser. However, despite the fact the Egyptian takes the credit for the result, it was Curtis Jones who really stood out for Liverpool.
The rising teenaged star enjoyed a solid performance for his boyhood club and continues to throw his hat in the ring as a permanent midfield option for Jurgen Klopp.
According to Sofascore, Jones averaged an impressive 95% passing accuracy and contributed two key passes, four accurate long balls and completed three of his five attempted dribbles. He also created one big goalscoring opportunity, which is more than can be said for both Salah and Sadio Mane on Sunday.
The former may have scored the equaliser, but his overall performance as a creative playmaker was way off his usual standard. Both wingers struggled to get past the Fulham defence and were kept quiet with ease, which is not something that many Premier League defences can brag about.
In terms of creativity, Jones was the only player who put in a shift and that will bode well for his chances of more senior starts. The Reds will face Spurs next in a huge match against their closest title rivals at the moment. The 19-year-old, recently dubbed an “exceptional talent” by his manager, will hope that he has done enough to start in this major league clash on Wednesday.
In other news, Sadio Mane seriously underperformed in Fulham draw…