Darren Bent has been left raving over the performance of Liverpool youngster Curtis Jones after coming off the bench against Arsenal in the League Cup.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Aston Villa and England striker says he was seriously impressed with what he saw from the 18-year-old in his 35-minute cameo at Anfield.
Jones came on as a substitute and set up Divock Origi for a goal on the way to a 5-5 draw before stepping up and netting the winning penalty in the shoot-out.
Bent says that he saw a lot of potential from the teenage talent and suggests that he could play a big role in the middle of the park for the Reds in the coming years.
Bent told Football Insider: “I like Curtis Jones, I like him. He came one and he was really composed, scored the winning penalty, he set up Origi for one of the goals.
“He really impressed me in the last game against MK Dons, I know a lot of people are talking about Harvey Elliot and about how young he is but for me that Curtis Jones, he is the one. He was comfortable on the ball, didn’t show any fear and that was a really good sign.
“In a couple of years he’ll be one of the main names in the Liverpool midfield.”
Jones, an England under-19 international, has played three times for Liverpool’s first team since breaking through the youth system at Anfield, with two of those games coming in the League Cup this season.
He is yet to feature in the Premier League under Jurgen Klopp, although he has featured as an unused substitute twice in the top flight.
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