How did Liverpool get its name
Curtis Jones at Liverpool FC: On behalf of the Scousers
The only 19-year-old midfielder Curtis Jones is one of the greatest beneficiaries of Liverpool's great injury misery. Raised in the city center, he has played for Liverpool since childhood, his style of play is reminiscent of one of the greatest club legends - and has a name with the right letters. On Wednesday, Jones and Liverpool will be visiting FC Midtjylland in the Champions League (6:55 p.m. live on DAZN).
Jürgen Klopp once called Curtis Jones a "proper scouser", a real scouser, as the residents of Liverpool are called. Incidentally, "Scouser" comes from the word "Lobscouse", a traditional seaman's dish that was once as popular in Liverpool as it was in Northern Germany (there under the name "Labskaus").
Jones, born in Liverpool and raised in the city center, is not only a true Scouser because of his origins, but also because of his name: it contains all the letters of the word "Scouser". He was the first player with this characteristic to score a goal for the professional team of Liverpool FC, at the beginning of January 2020.
What made this gate remarkable was not only the curious fact of the name, but also its beauty and importance. A wonderful Schlenzer in Kreuzeck and the winning 1-0 in an FA Cup game against local rivals FC Everton, later it was voted FA Cup Goal of the Year. At the jubilation, Jones appropriately pointed to the Liverpool logo on the shirt.
Curtis Jones benefits from Liverpool's injury plight
Almost a year has passed since then, and an aspiring talent has meanwhile become a permanent member of the management team. Across all competitions, Jones has already played 822 minutes this season, making it the fourth longest of all midfielders in the club. The 19-year-old is one of the biggest beneficiaries of Liverpool's dramatic injury woes.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Thiago have been absent for weeks due to knee injuries and will continue to do so, James Milner is currently suffering, Fabinho had to pass due to thigh problems - and was otherwise mostly in central defense, because the regular cast there consisting of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez is also out long term.
Coach Jürgen Klopp had little choice but to trust Jones. And he thanked him with good performances and goals like his 1-0 last week against Ajax Amsterdam, which promoted Liverpool to the Champions League round of 16. "What a game by Curtis Jones, unbelievable," said Klopp afterwards.
Also at the weekend in the 4-0 victory in the Premier League against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Jones played through and convinced. "It looks like he's been part of the team for years," said captain Jordan Henderson, who last played alongside Jones in Klopp's 4-3-3 system in midfield center.
Curtis Jones and the Similarities to Steven Gerrard
He's been part of the club for years. At nine he joined the youth department, at 15 he was allowed to train with the professional team for the first time, at 17 he made his debut, at 18 he scored his first goal against Everton. At that time he was actually still an integral part of the reserve team, their captain and, as a midfielder, also the top scorer.
It is this torgy and danger from the depths that makes Jones so special and currently gives Liverpool's game a new dimension. In the past championship season, no midfielder scored more than four goals. Jones is now at three across all competitions, and his 17 shots on goal are also top marks among Liverpool midfielders.
Jones not only embodies the danger of goals, but with his height of 1.85 meters he is also a dynamic driver. With this combination he is inevitably reminiscent of another "proper scouser" who once played for Liverpool from a young age: long-time captain Steven Gerrard. Just like currently Jones, he also wore the shirt number 17 in his early years.
The different dreams of Curtis Jones and Rhys Williams
For a year, Jones benefited first-hand from Gerrard's experience: Before taking on the position of coach at Glasgow Rangers, Gerrard coached Liverpool's reserve team in the 2017/18 season. In addition to Jones, the squad at the time also included keeper Caoimhin Kelleher and defenders Rhys Williams and Neco Williams, who recently also came to work due to the current injury crisis.
When Klopp ordered Bergamo Jones and Williams together into the starting line-up for the Champions League game at Atalanta, he asked them before the game in the dressing room whether they had once dreamed of such an appearance together. According to Klopp, Williams said no and said: "Curtis was always so much better. I think he had different dreams than me."
Liverpool FC: The midfielders in comparison
|player||Minutes||Shots||Accuracy of fit||Duel quota|
|Georginio Wijnaldum||1373||14||91.89 percent||52.34 percent|
|Fabinho *||1124||4||91.33 percent||58.25 percent|
|Jordan Henderson||842||10||87.07 percent||47.83 percent|
|Curtis Jones||822||17||90.2 percent||44.66 percent|
|James Milner *||701||7||84.27 percent||50.51 percent|
|Naby Keita||380||8||90.42 percent||33.96 percent|
|Thiago||135||3||91.3 percent||39.13 percent|
|Harry Wilson||90||0||82.05 percent||33.33 percent|
* Was partially used in defense.
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