Carragher insists Jones could be having 'a real breakthrough moment'

Jamie Carragher insists Curtis Jones could be having ‘a real breakthrough moment’ after netting a brace against Leicester as he looks to cement himself in Liverpool’s starting XI

  • Jones shone and scored twice as Liverpool thrashed Leicester on Monday night
  • Carragher insisted the midfielder has the chance to be an important player
  • Jones himself said the performance was one of his best in a Red shirt to date 

Jamie Carragher has insisted Curtis Jones could be experiencing a breakthrough moment in the Liverpool team.

The 22-year-old scored twice as the Reds beat Leicester 3-0 on Monday night to keep their hopes of finishing inside the top four alive in what was a dominant showing at the King Power Stadium.

He has now started the last nine Premier League games for Jurgen Klopp’s side and looks to be cementing his place in the German’s preferred team as the season draws to a close.

Carragher, speaking on Sky Sports, admitted Jones hasn’t always found it easy at Liverpool, but is now proving his worth.

‘That is a player with confidence,’ Carragher said. ‘I think right now we’re almost seeing that real breakthrough moment.’

Jamie Carragher has insisted Curtis Jones could be experiencing ‘a real breakthrough moment’

Jones shone as Liverpool beat Leicester 3-0 in the Premier League on Monday evening

Carragher admitted progress has been slow for Jones but he could now stake his claim for a regular starting spot going forward

‘There was a spell a couple of years ago when he found himself in the team above a couple of big players. It was going really well. Last year just didn’t happen for him and we’ve had a lot of this season where it didn’t happen for him. 

‘I think his last six or seven games you think, “Ok, maybe there’s more than a squad player, a player who could be really pushing for the first XI, evening when Liverpool bring players in.”

‘Oxlade-Chamberlain is going, Keita is going, James Milner is going, he is still going to have a pivotal role going forward.’

Jones has struggled for consistency since making his first team debut for the Reds in 2019, and Carragher called for him to show just that as he enjoys his new found form.

The midfielder has scored 11 goals in 95 games for Liverpool, though 37 of those appearances have been as a substitute.

Jones, alongside Trent Alexander-Arnold, is one of two home grown players starring for the Reds

‘He has to bring more consistency,’ said Carragher. ‘He’s a player who at times can play a little bit over-confident, he holds onto the ball too much.

‘If he gets the ball and plays two touch, he’s got great energy and he’s a goal threat that Liverpool haven’t really had from midfield players in the past.

‘They’ve done great jobs for Liverpool but he has got a goal threat, something a little bit different. He’s one of those midfield players Liverpool have got who suits playing between the lines.

He has now started the last nine games under Jurgen Klopp and enjoying a good run of form

His two strikes against Leicester took his Liverpool goal tally to 11 as he looks to improve his goal output

‘I don’t think necessarily a Thiago does if he came back in. Jordan Henderson has done that for quite a while, but the midfield players Liverpool have don’t really suit that, hence why there are players they are looking for to now play that role.’ 

Jones, meanwhile, when asked whether the Leicester game marked one his best performances for Liverpool, said: ‘I think so, yeah, definitely.

‘It was a game where I had the ball a lot and I scored two, so that’s good. We got the three points and we keep going.

‘I was off for 15 weeks, I had a hard time, so now I’m back and I’m in the team, scoring goals and helping the team. I’ll just try to continue.’

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