Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold lauded Curtis Jones following his two goals in their Premier League win over Leicester City.
Jones broke the deadlock after 33 minutes as Mohamed Salah crossed for the youngster to finish in style.
He grabbed a second two minutes later. He collected a pass from Salah, and he fired a looping shot over Daniel Iversen in the Leicester goal.
Liverpool completed the rout in the second half when Alexander-Arnold curled in a lovely free-kick. Salah picked up his third assist after teeing him up.
Alexander-Arnold praised Jones for stepping up since he became a first-team regular weeks ago.
He said (via Liverpool’s official website): “For sure, for sure. It’s not just been tonight – I think [it’s] since he came into the team again.
“He’s a lad who obviously would have wanted to play more throughout the whole season, but he has stepped up when he has got his chance and I think that’s all you can do.
“He has shown his quality on and off the ball. And he has definitely impressed everyone.
“He has set standards for himself and we need to keep that as a team and himself – he has got a level now that he needs to hit every game.
“Today was an outstanding night for him, and helped the team win the game.”
The victory was Liverpool’s seventh in a row, but they will wish they sparked into life earlier in the campaign.
The Reds are in fifth place in the table, only a point behind Manchester United and Newcastle United in the final Champions League positions.
Liverpool will not give up their hope of making it into Europe’s Premier competition with two games left.
Today’s performance was another solid display from the Reds, with Salah the standout on the night.
The Egyptian brought his tally of assists in the Premier League to 57, surpassing Eric Cantona and Paul Scholes.
Alexander-Arnold continued his resurgence since Jurgen Klopp tweaked his position a few weeks ago.
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