Former Red John Aldridge believes that Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones could match the progression made by teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Jones, who is a product of Liverpool’s academy, has been sensational for Jurgen Klopp’s side when called upon this season.

The 19-year-old has scored twice from three starts, which includes the FA Cup Merseyside derby winner that was scored back at the beginning of January.

Aldridge believes that Jones can match Alexander-Arnold, who is also a product of Liverpool’s academy. Alexander-Arnold is now a regular in Klopp’s starting XI.

Aldridge has stated that when he saw Jones at a young age, he believed that he saw a player that had the ability to go far in football, similar to Alexander-Arnold.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, as quoted by Sports Mole, Aldridge said: “I’ve been watching Curtis for some years now since he was 15. And you could see – very much like Trent Alexander-Arnold – the potential that the lad had.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 04: Curtis Jones of Liverpool crosses the ball during the FA Cup Fourth Round Replay match between Liverpool FC and Shrewsbury Town at Anfield on February 04, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

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“He is just a quality footballer with natural ability and a good arrogance. He knows he is good and he does things the right way, but the lad can be a star. I’ve always known that and now that he has been given a couple of opportunities by Jurgen [Klopp] things have come to fruition.

“It looks like Adam Lallana is leaving at the end of the season after his contract expires. This lad will save the manager a lot of money because he can step right into the squad and you can always depend on him. He’s got a fantastic future.”

There is definitely a player within Jones. He looks a natural on the football pitch. Many would struggle with the hype of coming out of the academy, but Jones seems to have embraced it.

All he can do is continue playing the way he is and eventually he will get his chance on a more consistent basis.

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