Curtis Jones now needs a ‘long term’ in the Liverpool squad ‘for the sake of his career’, insists Michael Owen after his dazzling performance in Porto had a hand in FOUR goals
- Curtis Jones starred in Liverpool’s 5-1 thrashing of Porto
- The youngster had two assists and was part of his build-up for two other goals
- Michael Owen says it’s time ‘for the sake of his career’ to be a regular now
- Jordan Henderson said Jones has ‘all the attributes’ to be a top player
BT Sport pundits praised Liverpool youngster Curtis Jones after his outstanding performance in their Champions League win over Porto.
20-year-old Liverpudlian provided two assists and was heavily involved in the build-up to two others as Liverpool swept away with a 5-1 win.
Jones had to be patient at the start of the season, but got his chance by starting each of his team’s last three games.
Curtis Jones produced one of his best displays for Liverpool to date in their 5-1 win over Porto
The 20-year-old provided two assists and was heavily involved in the build-up for two others
Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen, who worked as an pundit on the game, said Jones should now have a long term on the team “for the sake of his career”.
When asked if he could challenge Naby Keita and Thiago for a starting position, he replied: ‘One hundred percent, but you would say before Harvey Elliott got injured, he was the guy who wore that shirt. It has suffered one or two injuries.
“But like Jordan Henderson said, he’s always played in and around here and there. It’s about time for the sake of his career he has a long job on the team.
“Maybe the unfortunate situation with a few injuries will help and if you get that chance, you have to do exactly what he did tonight and had four of the five goals in hand.”
Michael Owen praised Jones after game but says he needs ‘a long run on the team’
Jones started the game well and it was his shot that pushed into Mo Salah’s path to give Liverpool the lead.
He then played a part in the lead-up to Sadio Mane’s goal before giving Salah a second assist after winning the ball in midfield and finding it in open space.
Jones then played a long ball to Roberto Firmino who scored after a mix between goalkeeper and defender.
After the game, captain Jordan Henderson said: “Curtis has been fantastic, I know on paper he is so young but I feel like he has been in the first team for a few years now.
“He’s well established, matured well and we’re starting to see what a good player he is in recent weeks. He had to be a little patient at the start of the season, but he has done a fantastic job and you can see he has all the attributes to be a top player.”
Jones had to be patient at the start of the season, but has started Liverpool’s last three games
BT pundit Peter Crouch said Jones was the ‘catalyst’ for much of Liverpool’s game tonight, while Owen also said the youngster showed he can be dangerous in forward positions.
Jones was part of a front-three in Liverpool’s youth, but has mainly played as a midfielder since breaking through to the first team, including against Porto.
Owen said: “Steve McManaman has told him a lot of times lately that Curtis Jones is better in forward positions and I think that was justified tonight.
“Throughout the youth, the team played in the front positions, always taking on players who scored a lot of goals.
“Didn’t score tonight, but managed four of the five goals tonight. So an impressive achievement.’