Jones proves he can be Liverpool’s conductor in dismantling of Porto

Curtis Jones proves he can be Liverpool’s conductor in dismantling of Porto

He walked off the pitch so nonchalantly, as though he was going inside after a kickabout in his back garden. Curtis Jones, 20, had become the landlord of Estadio do Dragao after a magisterial Champions League performance under the lights, but you wouldn’t have extracted that information from his demeanour.

This is what he wants to do. This is what he believes he does. This is what he wants to be the norm. But it is not normal for a kid to come in from the cold and design five goals on Europe’s grand stage.

Liverpool may have Porto’s number, but it was Jones dialling all the digits on Tuesday evening. His tirelessness in the midfield three set the early tone for dominance, while his creativity and aggression in possession is the reason the Merseysiders were able to dismantle the hosts for a third time.

The Scousers’ first main act was to cut in from the left and release a low zinger that Porto goalkeeper Diogo Costa could only parry onto Zaidu Sanusi with the ball breaking for Salah from four yards out.

Jones did superbly to keep the ball alive for Liverpool’s second, scored by Sadio Mane after a stellar James Milner cross.

It was his long ball that Costa completely and comically misjudged, allowing Roberto Firmino to roll home.

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