James Milner says Curtis Jones being hooked at half time for Liverpool is no reflection on the way he was playing.
Jones was making his first appearance in the Champions League against Ajax. But the youngster was taken off at the break for captain Jordan Henderson.
After Liverpool’s 1-0 win, Milner said of Jones: “He’s a very good player. I’m sure it will be the first of many. He didn’t know he was playing until quite late yesterday.
“He’s a very good player. Thought he did well.
“It was no reflection on him coming off at half-time. I’m sure it will be the first of many, many European nights for him because he’s a top top player.”
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp heaped praise on Jones ahead of the fixtures, channeling Sir Matt Busby’s mantra ‘If they’re good enough, they’re old enough,’ when explaining why he picked the 19-year-old to start.
“He’s good enough and because of the situation,” said Klopp.
“We had a few problems and we have to make sure how we start and finish the game and all these kinds of things. So that’s the reason. He’s good enough. That’s why he plays.”
Explaining he hooked the teenager because the medical department advised using Henderson sparingly, Klopp said after the game: “Curtis was tactical.
“The medical department told us Hendo couldn’t start, he could play pretty much 45 minutes.”
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