Curtis Jones
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Personal information
Date of Birth

30 January 2001

Place of Birth

Liverpool, England

Height

1.85m (6’1”)

Position

Midfielder

Liverpool statistics
Squad no.

17

Years

2018-

Appearances

31

Goals

6

Curtis Jones (born 30 January 2001) is an English footballer who plays as a midfielder for Liverpool, having come through the academy.

Liverpool career

A local lad, Jones joined the Academy at the age of eight, and made his name rising through the ranks.

On 3 December 2016, Jones made his debut for the U18s side at just 15, in a 2-1 win over Middlesbrough. After this, Jones gradually became more involved with the side, and ended his debut campaign with 5 goals in just 14 appearances.

After the appointment of Steven Gerrard as U18s manager, Jones became a vital part of his team, with the Liverpool Legend starting that: “This team is built around him. He’s a top talent and he’s a top player”. Jones finished the 2017-18 season as the side’s top scorer, with 18 goals in 29 appearances.

Jones’ fine U18 performances were noticed, and on 7 April 2018, Jones was named on the substitutes bench for the Merseyside Derby, having been given the number 48 shirt.

On 7 July 2018, Jones made his first senior appearance, playing 45 minutes in a 7-0 friendly win over Chester, and assisting Harry Wilson’s second effort of the game.

Given a chance to impress by Klopp in the senior side during the pre-season of 2018-19, he figured in most of the Reds' friendlies and went on the tour of the United States. He was included in a matchday squad for the first time on 26 September 2018, appearing on the substitutes bench for a 2-1 League Cup defeat to Chelsea.

On 7 January 2019, Jones made his Liverpool debut, starting and playing 70 minutes in a 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Wolves. A month later, he appeared in a Premier League squad for the first time, being on the substitutes bench for a 1-1 draw at West Ham.

Jones again featured heavily in pre-season for Klopp's side, with suggestions that he may receive more first-team opportunities in the forthcoming season. On 25 September 2019, Jones made his first appearance of the new campaign, playing 90 minutes in a cup victory over MK Dons.

On 30 October 2019, he came on as a substitute in the League Cup 4th round tie against Arsenal, with the Reds 4-2 down at Anfield. Within three minutes of his substitution, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain grabbed a goal back, and shortly after, Jones put in Divock Origi who levelled it up at 4-4. The match eventually went to a shootout after a 5-5 draw, with Jones converting the winning penalty and sending Liverpool to the quarter-finals.

Just over a month later, Jones made his Premier League debut, coming on as a substitute in a 3-0 win away to Bournemouth. On 5 January 2020, Jones really grabbed the limelight for the first time in his career. The youngster started in the FA Cup 3rd round tie at home to Everton. With the scores level after 70 minutes, Jones picked up the ball on the edge of the area, before unleashing a lethal curling shot into the top corner, picking up his first senior goal, and winning the Derby for Liverpool.

Three weeks later, Jones continued this form, opening the scoring in a 2-2 draw away to Shrewsbury. In the replay, Jones captained a young side to a 1-0 victory, sending the Reds through to the 5th round, and becoming the youngest player to ever captain Liverpool.

On 4 July 2020, it was confirmed that Jones had signed a new five-year deal with the club. A day later, Jones came off the bench in a 2-0 win over Aston Villa, and fired in his first Premier League goal in the dying minutes, smashing in a volley from inside the box. A week later he made his first league start, playing 69 minutes in a home draw with Burnley.

Jones made his fifth Premier League appearance of the 2019-20 season on 22 July 2020, coming on as a substitute in a 5-3 win over Chelsea. This qualified him for a winner’s medal, in his first season in the competition.

It was also confirmed that Jones would take the number 17 shirt ahead of the 2020-21 season. He made his first appearance of the season in the Community Shield, coming on as a late substitute and netting a penalty in the shootout, but wound up on the losing side. He was then brought on as a substitute on the opening day of the season, helping Liverpool to a winning start as they prevailed 4-3 over Leeds at Anfield.

On 24 September 2020, Jones scored twice as the Reds thrashed Lincoln 7-2 in the League Cup, with two similar strikes from the edge of the area, curling them past the keeper into the far corner.

As the season progressed, Liverpool developed something of an injury crisis, with the squad being taken down to its bare bones. Jones was one of the few players to remain consistently available in this period, and took advantage of this to properly establish himself as a first-team player. On 1 December 2020, Jones scored his first Champions League goal, slotting in the only goal in a 1-0 win over Ajax, sending Liverpool through to the knockout stage.

Honours

Liverpool

  • Premier League: 1 (2019-20)
  • FIFA Club World Cup: 1 (2019)

Individual

  • Premier League 2 Player of the Season: 1 (2019-20)
  • FA Cup Goal of the Season: 1 (2019-20)

Stats

Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2018-19 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2019-20 6 1 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 12 3
2020-21 11 0 1 0 2 2 3 1 1 0 18 3
Total 17 1 6 2 4 2 3 1 1 0 31 6

External links


Liverpool F.C. – current squad
1. Alisson • 3. Fabinho • 4. van Dijk • 5. Wijnaldum • 6. Thiago • 7. Milner • 8. Keita • 9. Firmino • 10. Mane • 11. Salah
12. Gomez • 13. Adrian • 14. Henderson (c) • 15. Oxlade-Chamberlain • 16. Grujic • 17. Jones • 18. Minamino • 20. Jota
21. Tsimikas • 22. Karius • 23. Shaqiri • 26. Robertson • 27. Origi • 32. Matip • 46. R. Williams • 47. Phillips • 54. Ojo
58. Woodburn • 59. Wilson • 62. Kelleher • 65. Clarkson • 66. Alexander-Arnold • 67. Elliott • 70. Larouci
72. van den Berg • 76. N. Williams • FW Awoniyi

Manager: Klopp

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