Peter Crouch and Michael Owen were full of praise for Curtis Jones after he provided assists for four of Liverpool’s five goals against Porto.
Reds defeated Porto 5-1 to secure a two-point lead in Group B. Sadio mane scored once, while Roberto Firmino was able to grab a brace and Mohamed Salah got a brace.
Jones was the star of the match, with his impressive haul of assists.
The 20-yearold impressed Jurgen Klopp and Jordan Henderson as well as BT Sport pundits. Owen and Crouch also gave praise to the midfielder.
“Curtis Jones was very impressive tonight. He has excellent feet and was making driving runs at the right time,” gushed Crouch after the game.
Owen added: “Before Harvey Elliott got injured, he was the one with the shirt. Curtis Jones has always been around, here and there, but for his sake he needs a long run in the team. When he gets the chance he needs to do what he did tonight.”
Jones has been forced to sit and wait for his chance this season, only playing 188 minutes prior to Tuesday’s Champions League clash.
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The midfielder seized his opportunity to claim a place in the first team against Manchester City.
Henderson, who played in midfield with Jones, was very complimentary of Jones’s maturity.
“Curtis has been fantastic. I know on paper he is so young but I feel like he has been around the first team for a few years now,” He added.
“He has settled really well and matured really well. You’re starting to see what a good player he is over the last few weeks.
“He has had to be a little bit patient at the beginning of the season but has come in and done fantastically well. It is clear that he has all of the attributes necessary to be a top-level player.