Liverpool have had a number of excellent players come out of their academy over the years. The likes of Steven Gerrard, Robbie Fowler and Jamie Carragher are perhaps the most famous examples, as well as Trent Alexander-Arnold more recently.
In Bobby Duncan and Paul Glatzer, the Reds have two phenomenal young strikers in their ranks who have hit 19 and 22 goals respectively this season, although there is another burgeoning young talent rising through the ranks alongside them: Curtis Jones.
Jones was part of Jurgen Klopp’s senior squad for the pre-season trip to the United States back in the summer, where he caught the eye with some impressive performances.
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The 18-year-old centre-midfielder has hit five goals and recorded two assists in all competitions this season, whilst also making his senior debut for the club in the FA Cup tie against Wolves, where he more than held his own in what was a pretty woeful Reds display if truth be told.
Klopp has already lavished praise on the physical midfielder who hit 18 goals last season, calling him a ‘proper scouser’ and a player who ‘is not shy to say a few things’, highlighting his confidence to be outspoken around senior pros.
He has been likened to Philippe Coutinho by some, as a result of his tendency to take up the left side of midfield and glide past players, before cutting in on his stronger right foot and looking to make something happen.
“He is a tall boy but still very mobile, good at dribbling and stuff like that,” Klopp said when describing him, and there is definitely a pathway into the first team for the Liverpool-born midfielder such are the Reds’ current struggles with creativity in the middle of the park.
Klopp has shown with his trust and belief in Alexander-Arnold that he isn’t afraid to throw the kids in at the deep end – the right-back’s first Premier League start came against Manchester United at Old Trafford – and perhaps Jones will be the next academy star to shine through.