Curtis Jones has revealed on Liverpool’s official website that Jurgen Klopp brought him on to establish more control over their game with Aston Villa.
Liverpool managed to pick up a 2-0 win with Villa, with Jones scoring the winner late on.
However, the Reds did not have the contest all their own way.
Liverpool were forced to defend for portions of the match, with Villa proving to be a threat on the counter attack.
And Jones was delighted to be able to come on and make such a positive impact.
Klopp said: “But, for me, I’m just grateful for the manager and the rest of the staff for having the belief in me and putting me out there when it was only 1-0 and Villa were playing well. I’m grateful for that but it’s been a good week.
“He [Klopp] was just saying the usual, he knows that I’m good on the ball but it’s about picking the right pass and knowing when to dribble.
“He said the game was a bit Villa were on the attack and then we were on the attack, just to try and get a hold of the game by the scruff of the neck and control the game a bit more.
“That’s what I tried to do and hopefully the goal helped.”
Jones’s display just helps to further prove that he is ready for a first-team role at Liverpool.
The youngster has just signed a new long-term contract at Anfield, and it is thought that he could have a vital role to play next season.
Jones could even start in Liverpool’s next game, which comes against Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday, after making such an impact off the bench.