Curtis Jones starred in Liverpool’s 7-2 demolition of Lincoln on Thursday night, but he has taken the opportunity to give some shine to another Anfield prospect, Rhys Williams.
The 19-year-old defender made his senior debut in the Carabao Cup third round clash and Jones felt he ‘100 per cent looked like a first-team player.’
Williams spent last season on loan at Kidderminster Harriers and will be hoping for more first-team opportunities with Liverpool this campaign, something Jones feels he deserves.
‘I’ve played all the way through the Academy with him,’ Jones said of Williams. ‘Then he’s had a loan spell and he’s done well.
‘He’s come in and today he 100 per cent looked like a first-team player. He’s been around the squad for years.
‘I’m really pleased for Rhys and I hope he gets more time playing because he deserves it.
‘But again, as young boys we’ve got to respect the manager and his staff. We’re 100 per cent ready and I’m definitely ready to go again when called upon.’
Jones is more likely to be seen in the Liverpool starting XI on a regular basis than Williams, with the midfielder pushing for more regular inclusion in major competitions.
The 19-year-old scored his fourth and fifth goals for the club against the Imps and is relishing a clash with Arsenal in the next round.
‘Coming into a competition like this, I think the underdog can always catch you a bit by surprise. But I thought the boys were 100 per cent at it and I think they showed that today,’ he said.
‘I’m happy [with my goals] but more importantly the boys got the win and we go through to the next round.
‘I’m looking forward to [Arsenal] and, again, will give 100 per cent if I’m starting or if I’m coming off the bench. I’ll give 100 per cent.
‘Every game that I play it’s an opportunity for me and the rest of the lads. Every game that I’m called upon, I’ve always said that I’ll give 100 per cent. It’s what I try to do.
‘I think the performances go and show a glimpse of what I’m capable of doing. But I’ve still got a lot to learn and I need to be patient and my time will come.’
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is delighted with the progress of Jones and we can expect to see more of the ‘exceptional talent’ in the near future.
‘There is still space for improvement but everyone knows my opinion of Curtis Jones, he is an exceptional talent and we will have some fun with him I am pretty sure in the future,’ said the German.
‘Both goals were difficult, the second one the first touch was absolutely exceptional between two opponents and then he opens up and sees the opportunity and finishes it off.’