Pundit Jamie Carragher told Sky Sports' coverage of Liverpool v Chelsea (26/09) that Steven Gerrard has told him to watch out for Reds talent Curtis Jones.
The Reds were in action against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, but suffered their first defeat of the season despite leading 1-0.
Daniel Sturridge put Liverpool in front against his former club with an acrobatic effort after Naby Keita's shot had been saved by Willy Caballero.
However, Emerson prodded Chelsea level from close range after Ross Barkley's header was stopped, and Eden Hazard's stunning solo goal then put Chelsea in front and turned the game on its head.
Liverpool couldn't fight back, and Jurgen Klopp has now tasted defeat for the first time this season, as rotating his side ultimately didn't pay off.
Klopp changed a host of players from Saturday's win over Southampton, and even named youngster Curtis Jones on the bench, though the 17-year-old didn't come on to make his senior debut.
The playmaker looks set for a huge future, and certainly has something to aim for in terms of first-team football having seen Trent Alexander-Arnold step up to become a star under Klopp.
Now, Jamie Carragher told Sky Sports' coverage of Liverpool v Chelsea (26/09) that now-Rangers boss Steven Gerrard told him last year that he thinks Jones can become a first-team player, with Carragher praising the teen for his 'football arrogance' and his pre-season displays.
“He's an attacking midfield player who, as soon as Steven Gerrard went down to the academy to manage, he was speaking to me about this player saying he has got a chance for the first-team,” said Carragher. “What he meant by that is that he (Jones) has a chance of dipping his toe in and it’s up to him, some people take to it, some people don’t. He’ll get opportunities under Jurgen Klopp as he is still very young. He’s got what I would call football arrogance when you see him play he’s got something about him, he stands out.”
“You watch him at the level he has played at, will he take that to the first-team? Who knows but certainly in pre-season he really impressed, I think Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool supporters know he has that football arrogance. It’s whether some can take to senior football but certainly going off pre-season, Curtis takes to it like a duck to water,” he added.
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