Liverpool coach reacts to Curtis Jones' 'frightening' Napoli hat-trick

Liverpool fans celebrate during the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield on September 18, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Curtis Jones has scored 12 goals in 18 games for Liverpool this season - surely a Premier League debut beckons under Jurgen Klopp.

Curtis Jones of Liverpool during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Tranmere Rovers and Liverpool at Prenton Park on July 11, 2019 in Birkenhead, England.

Liverpool youth coach Barry Lewtas has paid tribute to the frightening talent that is Curtis Jones after his stunning hat-trick in a 7-0 thrashing of Napoli in the UEFA Youth League on Wednesday, speaking to the Echo.

While Jurgen Klopp’s star-studded first-team struggled to break down a well organised Napoli outfit at Anfield, succumbing in the end to a disappointing 1-1 draw, The Reds’ next generation had little trouble ripping into their Italian opponents.

Liverpool had challenged Jones to score more goals this season after taking the captain’s armband at U23 level (Goal) and the teenager has certainly stepped up to the plate. With that clinical treble in midweek, Jones took his tally to 12 in just 18 games from central midfield.

 

No wonder Lewtas is thrilled to see this powerhouse of a playmaker push on to greater heights behind the scenes on Merseyside.

"Curtis has upped his level again," says Lewtas. "He's the captain, and as he spends a lot of his time at Melwood like some of the other boys, he comes here and shows the level they are at.

"They have a huge responsibility to the younger ones, who have responded to that.

Curtis Jones of Liverpool is congratulates on his assist for the fifth goal during the Carabao Cup Round of 16 match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on October 30, 2019 in...

"His hat-trick goal was pretty frightening, and I don't think he'd have been too happy had I substituted him before that!”

Jones has gone from strength to strength during his breakthrough season. And, after scoring the winning spot-kick in a penalty shoot out victory against Arsenal in the EFL Cup, he is set to captain a much-changed Liverpool side during December’s semi-final meeting with Aston Villa, Goal reports.

The way he’s playing right now, don’t bet against him scoring the goal that sends The Reds to Wembley.

(THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Curtis Jones of Liverpool and Antonio D'Amato of Napoli in action during the UEFA Youth League game at The Kirkby Academy on November 27, 2019 in...

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