Liverpool defeated Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday evening with a fine performance that saw Jurgen Klopp’s side go to the top of the Premier League once again.
Playing in front of 2,000 supporters at Anfield, Mohamed Salah got the ball rolling for the Reds – albeit via a huge slice of fortune following a defection – as his shot left Hugo Lloris without a chance of stopping it.
Heung-min Son then equalised for the visitors just minutes later as he managed to counter-attack with a well-timed run and bury the ball past Alisson Becker.
The game appeared to be heading for a stalemate despite the number of great chances each side had to get all three points, however Liverpool finally managed to make the most of one and obtain the all-important victory.
From a corner kick, Roberto Firmino managed to score a fine header before running all the way up to the Kop end of Anfield – a little like Emmanuel Adebayor did when playing for Manchester City against Arsenal.
Whilst the three points will have been huge for the Reds as it created some space between them and the runners in the race for the Premier League title, one man caught the attention of Chris Waddle.
Curtis Jones has been provided with the opportunity to play in Klopp’s first-team because of injuries and because of the talent he possesses and it appears he has taken the chance with both hands as he continues to play an outstanding role.
Former England winger, Waddle was impressed with what he saw from the youngster and believes that he should be in the reckoning for Gareth Southgate’s England squad in the near future.
Speaking on Radio 5 Live during the game, he said:
“He’s such a good player. His first touch, his awareness, his energy levels. He’s got it all. He has got to be on Gareth Southgate’s radar”, Waddle said.
Indeed, you would have to think that given the way Jones has been playing, it would not be a surprise if he were looked at a little more closely between now and the next international break in March. Southgate is known for picking players based on merit rather than reputation on the majority of occasions, thus the youngster could be in line should he continue.
As Waddle says, the 19-year-old appears to have everything in his locker and he has emerged as an important young player for Liverpool this season. The last three months has seen him put in performance after performance with regular consistency, and he does not appear fazed at what he has been asked to do when on the pitch, either.