All eyes may have initially been on Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool came out for Sunday afternoon’s FA Cup tie with Norwich at Anfield, but it was Curtis Jones who stole the show on the field, scoring and assisting in a comfortable 5-2 win.
“Good game. Cup game. Norwich had their moments and scored wonderful goals to be honest. The second group of Norwich was exceptionally really good finish,” said the manager after the game.
“We played good from the beginning, it was not that we created an awful lot but we were obviously in charge of the game, which is important and then you have to get used to the situation and have to play the opponent a little bit tired, if you want.
“That’s what we did and what’s wonderful that our goals were, in fact four of the five were set up by Academy guys, graduates. Curtis is as well from there, so that’s really cool. So a lot of positives about the game. Actually only positives.
“Curtis is in a great moment. For us it’s super important – in different departments he’s important, so he’s a very good player, but he’s a kind of a role model as well for all our Academy guys, because coming up from the Academy all our boys are good footballers, all of them, otherwise they would not go through all the different age groups.
“But then, if Curtis Jones can learn defending everybody can learn defending. So what I mean it is offensive defending, this high-press, this intensity but he’s setting the rhythm for us.”