Liverpool No.2 gives verdict on progress of Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott

Pep Lijnders insists Curtis Jones is fully deserving of his opportunities as he continues to become a regular part of the Liverpool first team picture.

The academy graduate burst onto the scene with a winner in the FA Cup against Everton last term.

And since then he has impressed when given the chance and recently scored the winner against Ajax in the Champions League.

The Liverpool No 2 has praised his technical ability and claimed that young players can swiftly transition into the first team due to the culture on Merseyside.

“He’s a physical machine! Really good, another step for his development,” Lijnders told the club’s official website.

“He deserved this chance and not only a chance, I mean he deserved this repetition of games.

Curtis Jones recently netted the winner against Ajax

“He gives this team so much risk and again, an example was Ajax. He’s a midfielder but is always the first one who arrives in the box or the first one who takes a shot – Ajax was the same, the first two shots were Curtis.

“He has this great technical ability, of course, where he can make things look much easier than for others.

“But he fits in our team as no-one else because he’s a physical machine. Great, another step, great commitment to show that we want to bring our own players.

“I like it so much that players who are with us from such a young age can fulfil their dreams inside our club and we have this inside pathway where we can bring these players immediately.”

Lijnders also spoke highly of a Red, Havery Elliott, who opted to leave on loan in pursuit of more minutes.

Harvey Elliott is enjoying life at Blackburn. (Photo by Rich Linley - CameraSport via Getty Images)
Harvey Elliott has impressed at Ewood Park

The winger was signed from Fulham but will spend the season at Blackburn.

He has already proved his worth in the final third for the Championship side, but the Dutchman is not surprised by his impact.

Lijnders said: “I miss him! I would have loved to continue working with him, but it’s a good decision of course because he can play many games and he can show what he’s really about.

“I think he’s doing that, he’s impressing everyone. For us and for me, it’s not a surprise – if that’s here, there or wherever, he will surprise and show what he can bring.

“It says a lot that he didn’t need a lot of time to adapt.”

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