Reds youngster Curtis Jones understands that patience is required to get a game in Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI.
Jones, 19, has been a pivotal part of Liverpool’s U23 team this season. With that being the case, he managed to earn a starting place in Klopp’s XI for the FA Cup Merseyside derby earlier this year.
Klopp did make wholesale changes for the game as his senior players were coming off a busy December, but there is no denying Jones did earn his spot on the night.
The Reds were 1-0 victors, as the Scouser scored the winner, and what a goal it was. Jones has taken that form back to the U23s, which saw him score one and assist one in the 5-0 dismantling of Southampton’s U23 team on Monday night.
“I’m trying to push for a place in the first team but there’s some world-class players who score a lot of goals. So I’m trying to compete with the best in the world,” Jones told Liverpool FC’s website.
He added: “As soon as I started with the first team, it was mad and I couldn’t really dream of it. Being a local lad, it was always my dream to be around the first team.
”But I knew how difficult it would be with the way of the team – there’s great players. I’m just happy that I’m around there and I’m giving 100 per cent every day. I’m trying to push for a place in the first team.”
Jones’ attitude is spot on. He understands it is going to be difficult to break into Liverpool’s first XI on a regular basis as the side Klopp has developed is so good.
However, he has plenty of time on his side, and he would be learning something new on a daily basis training with some of the best players in the world.
The FA Cup derby victory was a great night for the club and for Jones. No one thought that was how the game was going to play out.