Jurgen Klopp impressed but not surprised by teenage hero Curtis Jones
LIVERPOOL: Liverpool's 18-year-old midfielder Curtis Jones celebrated the first goal of his dreams for the club when his spectacular shot was enough to defeat the rivals of the Everton derby in the FA Cup Third round on Sunday.
For your manager Jurgen Klopp It was no surprise to see the Liverpool-born teenager curled up in a winner of whom any of his first-choice stars would have felt proud.
The incredible player, Scouser, very confident, cannot wait to play in the first team, well, rightly so, he is (in) a very good shape, Klopp said after the 1-0 victory.
I have known him for three and a half years, he has made great strides, he will be 100% a Liverpool player, if nothing strange happens. Great.
What marks that goal? I'm not surprised. It is for these situations. There is still much to learn, much to improve. Sometimes people forget in training, they are 18 years old, incredible, he said.
Jones has made it clear to Klopp that he feels ready for the first team and admitted that it was difficult for him to run infrequently for the team. Premier league European leaders and champions.
Sometimes it has been frustrating to be in the bank and then try it in the field and then go back to the bank, he said.
Basically I've been begging to come, but I hope I finished off with a good goal, said the academy product.
I can't summarize my emotions. It is huge for me to be close to this team every day and learn from this group of players. There are world class players in this whole team, but I think I went out and showed what I could do on the field, he added.
Everton Manager Carlo Ancelotti He rejected the suggestion that his team had been affected by Liverpool making nine changes and presenting such a young team.
Liverpool's lineup did not affect our idea of how to play; We knew that Liverpool put new players and that the intensity could be high, so I think the defeat came because we couldn't keep up the intensity. in the second half, he said.
We lost energy, we lost confidence, we couldn't build quickly from behind.
The Italian has faced a busy schedule of games since taking office last month and said he was eager to finally get to work in the training camp with his team.
Let's talk and work together to find a solution that helps improve the team. I know we have to work, he said.
“Next week we have the whole week to prepare the team and train. In this period we only play games and practically do not train. Training will be good to improve the quality of our game and have more confidence in the field.