Graeme Souness believers only injuries and ego could prevent Curtis Jones from becoming a key player for Liverpool.
The Reds‘ midfielder has enjoyed a more prevalent role in the first team this season as a result of the club’s injuries.
Jones was on the scoresheet at Bramall Lane for Liverpool on Sunday as they beat Sheffield United 2-0, with an own goal from Kean Bryan sealing the win.
After an all-action midfield performance, Souness stressed that Jones has all the ingredients to be a top-class player for Liverpool.
“If you have played the game, then you’ll realise that this boy is full of technique, he can run with the ball, he can dribble with the ball, he takes the ball in the tight areas and he puts a shift in,” Souness told Sky Sports.
“At 20-years-old, he has a chance to be a real player for this club.
“He’s extremely gifted, the fact that he’s a Scouser is a real bonus for the club because they know the passion he’ll have for the club.
“And as he gets older and becomes an influence in the dressing room, that will spread to newcomers coming into the club.
“He could have a big part to play in Liverpool’s future, given he’s only 20 and he looks at home at this level.
“He’s got the ability, the athleticism, he looks to have the attitude and he’s one of several English midfielders that have a real chance of being proper players in the Premier League as long as they don’t get a big head on their shoulders.
“You hear of midfielders that describe themselves in the modern game as a defensive midfielder, an attacking midfielder, if you’re a midfielder, you should be built to do a bit of everything.
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“You should be able to score goals, and this guy, because of his technique, and you see when he gets into tight areas he can take it and he’ll get out of tight areas when he’s surrounded by people, he’s got wonderful technique.
“Two things that will stop him becoming a proper player going forward: a big head, which I don’t think at Liverpool that will be allowed, or he gets an injury – God forbid.”
Liverpool are next in action on Thursday night at home to Chelsea.