Curtis Jones: England U21 Star’s Rise to Prominence
Curtis Jones, Liverpool’s 22-year-old midfield dynamo, is on a trajectory to become a key player in the Premier League. Despite a season hindered by injuries and suspensions, his abilities have not gone unnoticed. Lee Carsley, his former manager, attests to Jones’ potential to excel at the highest level.
Lee Carsley’s Praise for Jones
Under the guidance of Carsley, Jones shone brightly in the England Under-21 team. His performance was instrumental in the team’s success at the UEFA European Under-21 Championship. Carsley, speaking to the Liverpool Echo, lauded Jones for his exceptional talent, noting his pace, power, scoring and assisting capabilities, alongside his defensive prowess. The only thing Jones needs, according to Carsley, is the chance to consistently showcase these skills.
“Similar to Cole (Palmer), I’m not surprised one bit (by his progress). Curtis would be up there with the most talented players I’ve worked with.
“He’s got everything that you need as a midfielder. He can run, he is very, very fast, he’s powerful, he can score, he can assist, he can defend, he can take the ball – all he needs is opportunity.
“The way he’s played when I’ve seen him play, he’s been outstanding. He just needed to stay fit.
“I know he’s struggled sometimes with that consistency of playing but to see him take that form that he showed in the summer, that responsibility, the understanding of the position, into playing for Liverpool is brilliant to see.”
Jones’ Impact at Liverpool
Despite limited opportunities, Jones has made a significant impact in his appearances for Liverpool this season. He has started in key Premier League victories, demonstrating his ability to rise to the occasion. However, a red card and subsequent injuries have seen him sidelined, disrupting his rhythm in the league.
Klopp’s Update on Jones’ Injury Status
Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool’s manager, recently provided an update on Jones’ injury, noting a minor hamstring issue. He expressed optimism about Jones’ return post-international break. This setback is seen as a minor hurdle in Jones’ promising career.
“Curtis had a hamstring last week. Not massive. After the international break he will be back, but not before.
“It’s a low, low-grade hamstring. He was in good shape, red card, lack of rhythm, got the Europa League games and then in the game at Bournemouth he didn’t feel anything there when I took him off.
“Then I went in the dressing room and I think he felt a little bit the hamstring, so we made a scan. Very low grade, but it took him out.”
Jones, with his talent and Carsley’s endorsement, is poised for greatness. His journey, marked by highs and lows, epitomizes the resilience and skill required to thrive in top-tier football.