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MOTD pundits dazzled by Liverpool 'superstar' who was the best player on the pitch last night

Sam Preston March 1, 2021
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Curtis Jones opened the scoring for Liverpool last night in their 2-0 win over Sheffield United.

The Reds had to be patient after a frustrating first half but it was the academy graduate who finally made the breakthrough after half time.

Alan Shearer and Danny Murphy analysed the game in the Match of the Day 2 studio and were full of praise for Jones.

Shearer called Jones the best player on the pitch yesterday while Murphy said he can become a superstar.

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“It was the youngster who was the best player on the pitch – Curtis Jones. He showed great maturity. A lot of his best work was going forward, showing that energy,” said Shearer.

“It was him that broke the deadlock and he starts the move for the second goal as well.

“His weight of pass is fantastic. It was a fantastic performance from him.”

Murphy added: “He certainly will bring (goals) to the team. He can get forward and you can trust him defensively. I don’t like getting too carried away but he’s a superstar in the making. He’s that good.”

Liverpool haven’t had a goalscoring playmaker in the side since Philippe Coutinho left the club in 2018.

And selling the Brazilian has proved to be a good decision because it improved the balance of the team.

But as Murphy said, Jones can be trusted to do a job defensively – even though he currently lacks Coutinho’s level of star quality.

He’s slotted into the Liverpool team seamlessly this term and could play a major part in clawing back the deficit to get into the top four.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.