Jurgen Klopp has hailed the form of Curtis Jones for Liverpool this season – and detailed the training ground conversations aimed to bringing the best out of the homegrown midfielder.
The 20-year-old has gone from strength to strength since debuting for the Reds last season. He was named Man of the Match after opening the scoring in Sunday’s 2-0 win at Sheffield United. It was Jones’ 29th appearance of the season.
Yet Klopp insists Jones is only just getting started and believes the player is destined for even bigger things.
Indeed, the German has detailed the conversations that have been held between the player and his coaching staff. He also says they have set him a target aimed to furthering his development.
“There is a lot to come from Curtis,” Klopp said. “The potential is exceptional.
“We had a lot of talks this week especially, a video session as well where we showed him he has to be more in these decisive areas because he is very good with the ball.
“His control is good. He controls the game really well and keeps the ball, that’s all really good.
“But a player of this quality, we needed him in the finishing situations as well tonight.
“It worked out pretty well so we’re happy about that.”
Jones also showed he’s a decent person too. After the game, he dedicated his goal to the memory of Jose Becker – the father of Liverpool keeper Alisson.
Diogo Jota to return against Chelsea
Klopp, meanwhile, is confident of having Diogo Jota available for Thursday’s match against Chelsea.
The Portuguese forward returned to training last week following over two months out with a knee injury.
But despite staking a claim to play against Sheffield United, he missed out on the squad again due to illness.
As such, he sat out the match alongside Alisson Becker – who is mourning the loss of his father – and Fabinho, who is still recovering from injury.
Speaking in his post-match press conference, Klopp opened up on the trio’s chances of facing Chelsea.
“With Diogo, he was with us last night in the hotel, but he got sick overnight and we had to send him home.
“So it will depend how quickly he recovers, obviously.
“He wasn’t in the squad, but he’s trained with the team before [last week] and looked really good, like I said before.”