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Liverpool: Curtis Jones was superb against Porto

Liverpool maintained their 100% record in the early stages of the Champions League, comfortably seeing off Porto 5-1 in the Estadio do Dragao.

The Reds were impressive throughout the 90 minutes as they maintained their advantage at the top of Group B, with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino each bagging a brace while Sadio Mane slotted in his fourth goal of the season.

But arguably more impressive than the goalscoring exploits of Salah and co. was the eye-catching display of 20-year-old midfielder Curtis Jones.

The academy graduate was starting his second consecutive game after bagging in the 3-3 draw with Brentford over the weekend and once again firmly grasped his opportunity to impress.

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He played a pivotal part in four of the five goals on Tuesday night, claiming two assists for his outstanding exploits against the Portuguese giants.

Jones helped to get Liverpool on their way in the 18th minute, bursting down the left wing before cutting inside and shooting at home goalkeeper Diogo Costa’s far corner. And the young shot-stopper could only parry into Salah’s path for an easy tap in.

Things then got even better for Jones on the hour mark. After dispossessing a Porto player in the middle of the park, he surged forward, driving at the opposition defence before picking out an unmarked Salah with a simple pass, and the Egyptian made no mistake with the finish.

The England Under-21 international then grabbed his second assist setting up Firmino for his first of the evening courtesy of some suspect goalkeeping before the Brazilian striker then pounced on the rebound of his blocked volley to wrap up the victory.

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It was a magnificent performance from start to finish for Jones, and his underlying numbers back up his exploits on the pitch.

As per SofaScore, the youngster received a match rating of 8.5 out of 10, the joint-highest total awarded to any player. He made three key passes during the 90 minutes, completed all four of his attempted dribbles and won a whopping seven duels.

Jones also achieved a passing accuracy of 89%, created one big chance and had 89 touches, highlighting his influence over proceedings in midweek.

Jurgen Klopp will be hoping for more of the same after his midfield maestro proved to be the real hero on what could have been a tricky night of European football.

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