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25-Sep-2020, 05:58 am

'Jones is an exceptional talent' - Klopp says Liverpool 'will have some fun' with teenage midfielder

Liverpool's Curtis Jones

Jurgen Klopp says Curtis Jones is "an exceptional talent" and that Liverpool " will have some fun" with the teenage midfielder as he develops his all-round game in the coming years.

It was onlyJones'16th appearance for Liverpool'sfirst team but Klopp suggested the midfieldercan expect to feature more regularly if he continues to perform at such a high level.

"I think each game is ideal for Curtis to play in because of the quality he has, the skills he has,"Klopp told a media conference.

"First half, really good. Start of the second half, really good. And then there is still space for improvement, obviously.

"Both goals were difficult. I think the second goal, the first touch was absolutely exceptional. It was slightly deflected, but that'sjust exceptional.

"I think everybody knows my opinion about Curtis. He is an exceptional talent and we will have some fun with him, I'm pretty sure, in the future."

Takumi Minamino also impressed for Liverpool, adding to Xherdan Shaqiri's opener with a sublime effort from outside thearea and then claiming his secondshortly after the interval.

While Klopp was pleased with his potency in front of goal, he was also quick to praise the Japan international's relentless energy.

"I loved Taki's game tonight; it was absolutely outstanding and he was involved in so many situations," Klopp added.

"More and more, I think we all realise where his qualities are. Wherever he will play in the end, he will end up in the centre. If he plays on the left wing or the right wing, he will play in the half-spaces or the centre because that's where he has his real strength.

"The opponent had to kick off seven times after Liverpool'sgoals and the first guy who chased the opponent again when they received the pass was Taki.

"He set the rhythm for all these pressing and counter-pressing situations, so I really, really liked his game tonight."

Liverpool face Arsenal in the Premier League on Monday before hosting them again at Anfield later in the week, although no firm date for their next EFL Cup outinghas been set as of yet.

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