'He's shown that he has the quality to be there and is doing well' - Liverpool's Virgil Van Dijk On Promising Midfielder
Virgil van Dijk has spoken out on the growing influence of Curtis Jones at Liverpool. The 20 year old has impressed over recent weeks with his goal at Brentford and man of the match performance in Porto.
Whilst praising the England under 21 international the Dutch defender was keen to emphasise however that there was still a long way to go in the player's development.
"He's shown that he has the quality to be there and is doing well. He's still young, he's still learning, he has a great mentality. He has to keep that going. It's only the start for him and he has to keep showing it."
"The most difficult part of being a football player is being consistent, so that's going to be a big challenge for him. But so far, so good."
Jones did not feature at the start of the season for the Reds and had to watch on as fellow youngster Harvey Elliott forced his way into Jurgen Klopp's starting XI before getting injured. Van Dijk admitted this must have been a frustrating time for Liverpool's number 17.
"Unfortunately, Harvey got injured like everyone knows, of course, and was doing so well. It was difficult probably for Curtis to see that a little bit because obviously he wanted to play, but saw Harvey doing so well. Now he had to take his chance."
With Liverpool's youngsters impressing, it can only be a good thing in terms of the squad and van Dijk was keen to re-emphasise the competition in that area of the pitch.
"At the moment, I think if you look at our midfield, Naby is still doing very well, Oxlade is doing very well, so it's not easy to be out there."
Van Dijk and his teammates will be hoping that Jones can continue his fine form of late and establish himself as a consistent performer for years to come.
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