The First Midfielder on The Team-Sheet
Another crazy game and another brilliant performance. Liverpool’s search for consistency and balance in the midfield have been found with what many considers an unexpected hero in the form of Curtis Jones. The 22-year-old Scouser has emerged not just as a regular fixture in the Reds’ midfield but as THE pivotal influence, his recent performances igniting discussions among pundits and fans alike. If you can find an honest Newcastle and West Ham fan then they’ll tell you. The other option is the classic, so called eye test.
Stats Continually Impressive
Jones, who now boasts 10 goal contributions in his last 27 games, is breaking the mould of what it means to be a Liverpool midfielder. The academy graduate’s upward trajectory seems intertwined with Liverpool’s aspirations as he continues to deliver crucial assists and goals, roughly averaging a goal contribution every other game. statistic not only illustrates his I growing importance but also presents a case for Jones being Liverpool’s most critical midfielder. It would be lazy to call him ‘The New Gini’ as it would diminish one Liverpool legend and ignore the talents the Toxteth lad brings.
Monstrous Against Newcastle
The recent clash against Newcastle was a testament to Jones’ burgeoning significance, but really it was just a reaffirmation for what many reds knew. Amidst the Anfield floodlights, his statistical showcase was commendable: the most recoveries (10), most duels won (6) in midfield, a complete success rate in dribbles and tackles, and an impressive 89% passing accuracy. Such numbers are not just mere digits; they are reflective of a player’s impact on the fabric of the game, dictating tempo and tenacity. We might even need to review that Scouser in the team song…
Jones’ own words post-match resonate with the ethos Jurgen Klopp has instilled in this Liverpool side. “We wore them down… They’re a very good team but we showed the quality we’ve got in the whole team. Fantastic all round.” His growing maturity and media comments only enhance his reputation further. “I was thinking, ‘Don’t tell me it’s one of those games!’… But we came out on top, which is the most important thing,” he said, illustrating his focus on the collective outcome over personal success. If Jones were to be part of the leadership group next season you wouldn’t be surprised.
It seems crazy to believe that some have only just woke up to what the reds and Jurgen Klopp have on their hands. There are still some slight concerns around fitness and a sustained period in the side, especially with Salah’s absence, could be key in defining Liverpool’s season. Curtis certainly doesn’t lack for confidence as Jurgen Klopp once said and nor should he. Let’s hope Gareth Southgate remains ignorant to the fact we’ve got more than a talent on our hands. We’ve got one of the best midfielders in the premier league.