Liverpool journalist Joe Rimmer has been sharing his praise for Reds midfielder Curtis Jones and his performance for the club during their recent defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup.
This comes after Rimmer recently made an appearance on the Liverpool Echo’s Blood Red Podcast where he spoke about a variety of topics concerning Jurgen Klopp’s side.
On the subject of Jones and his performance in the 3-2 defeat at Old Trafford that saw the Reds crash out of the FA Cup, Rimmer had this to say on the matter.
He said: “I thought Curtis Jones played very well. There’s a rawness about Jones that I like. He’s strong and he doesn’t hide, he gets involved, he gets himself on the ball, he makes things happen.
“I’d be tempted to play him against Tottenham. I think he’s had a really good season quietly for Liverpool. I thought that was a reminder to everyone of how good he is and perhaps, as Liverpool have got players back fit in the midfield area, he has been the natural one to drop out, but perhaps that’s slightly unfair – perhaps he should stay in the team because I thought he did well [against United].
“He’s impressed this season, really mature but still has that rawness that you need at times.”
Since then, the 19-year-old, who is currently valued at £15.3 million, has made 34 appearances for Klopp’s side across all competitions in which he has managed to score six goals and provide three assists along the way (per Transfermarkt).
TIF Thoughts on Joe Rimmer’s comments on Jones…
Given how Jones managed to earn himself a respectable match rating of 6.72/10 for his performance against United and the fact that only Fabinho (95.3%) had a higher passing accuracy percentage than Jones (90.2% per WhoScored), this shows that despite being on the losing team, he still had a good game against the Manchester club.
Would you start Curtis Jones against Spurs?
As Rimmer mentioned in the podcast, with Liverpool set to take on Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League in midweek, it’ll be interesting to see whether or not Klopp decides to start Jones in that game.