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.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – JANUARY 05: Curtis Jones of Liverpool celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s first goal during the FA Cup Third Round match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on January 05, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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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.

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