Jurgen Klopp said he was pleased with the progress of Liverpool academy star Curtis Jones after the midfielder scored his first Premier League goal in a 2-0 victory over Aston Villa.
Jones has been facilitated in a first team role this season, with 11 appearances in all competitions for the 19-year-old, including a memorable winner in the FA Cup 1-0 third round victory over Everton.
His performances were rewarded with a new long-term contract to the club, and Klopp said he was excited about what the future holds for the Toxteth-born star.
“The goal is Curtis in short. His first touch in the game is pretty much a finish, and you have to be in those positions to score that type of goal, “he said in an interview with the BBC .
“He is really very special. He signed a new contract, which is good for him and for us. We will have a lot of fun with him in the future. “
Jones’ late cameo against Dean Smith’s team was his third Premier League appearance in 2019/20, and he should reach the five-game requirement to qualify for the winner’s medal in the coming weeks.
Liverpool goal Thiago Alcantara praises Reds
Liverpool have been strongly linked to a summer move for Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara after discussions on his contract extension had stalled.
The Spanish international is out of contract at the end of next season, and Bayern boss Hans-Dieter Flick has admitted that the club is not sure he will stay.
Jurgen Klopp was without commitment as to Liverpool’s chances of signing it after the Reds’ victory over Aston Villa, but fans will be stimulated by thinking back to Thiago’s comments last year before their meeting in the 2018/19 Champions League, last 16 .
“We know this team perfectly. What they are and what they have ” he said before the first leg .
“They play great football, and they are increasing every year. They are fighting in the Premier League now with the same points as [Manchester] City.
“In the Champions League, they do, not so well in group stage performance, but they are great.
“We are impatient because we expect a great game, not only against a great team but also a large crowd. ”
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Liverpool drew 0-0 at home against Bayern in the first leg before winning 3-1 at Allianz Arena to secure a place in the quarterfinals against Porto.
Referee admits mistakes in Aston Villa win
Premier League referee Paul Tierney has made an abrupt apology to Jurgen Klopp after missing a host of incidents in the Reds’ Premier League 2-0 victory over Aston Villa.
Klopp was exasperated by Tierney’s decision not to award a foul in the first half in favor of Gini Wijnaldum, and he did not hesitate to express his anger to him during another missed call. arbitrator.
However, with no fans inside Anfield, the referee’s comments to Klopp were clearly heard.
“I missed it, Jurgen. I’m like the players, I’m going to make mistakes. I missed it, so overcome it “, says Wigan-born official .
Klopp was irritated by the incident, but Tierney’s mistakes had no definitive impact on the match.
Late goals from Sadio Mane and Curtis Jones ensured a quick return to winning for Liverpool in the Premier League after a 5-0 away defeat at Manchester City last time.