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Jurgen Klopp’s comments on Curtis Jones three years ago explain his current role at Liverpool.
The Englishman blew Reds fans away with his performance in the 2-0 Champions League round-of-16 first leg win against RB Leipzig on Tuesday.
At just 20 years old, it was his 27th appearance of the season – and his third consecutive start in midfield after coming off the bench.
Jones was given his chance by Klopp in 2018, having grown up in the academy from aged nine after being born in the city.
And comments the German made in that same year give an insight into why he has now been given such a prominent role in the squad.
Speaking to Goal three years ago, the Reds boss said: “How many people live in Liverpool? 500,000? Iceland has 330,000, I think, so Liverpool should have enough people to create our own team!
“But of course, the more the better. With Stevie [Steven Gerrard] and Carra [Jamie Carragher], it was great to have those kind of boys come through, really cool.
“We will see with Curtis, there is still a long way to go but the first signs are really positive.
“He’s a good player, he can be very good, we will see. It’s always this little plus if they come from Liverpool.
“If I have two players, same quality, but one speaks proper English and the other one speaks Scouse, the Scouser is in!
“That’s why we are Liverpool.”
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It comes as Jones got attention from Sky Sports pundit Roy Keane, detailing what he had “heard” about the 20-year-old.
“From what I hear he's a pretty cocky kid, takes on instructions pretty quickly – sign of a decent player,” he said.
"He's at the club for the reason because Klopp likes him, trusts him and it's a great boost of confidence for the manager to throw him in this game.”
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