Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has waxed lyrical about coach Vitor Matos, who youngsters in the squad like Curtis Jones typically train under.
The German is coy over taking credit for the development of starlets at the club, and has given his Portuguese colleague a vote of confidence.
Speaking to the club’s official website, the Liverpool boss said Jones and co. are “in the best hands” at Liverpool – working under his coaches.
“He is in best hands with Vitor Matos,” Klopp said of the young Scouse midfielder. “All the young boys are. If you like, I am their manager but Vitor is their coach.
“They are part of training and you cannot analyse every player and give them feedback every day, but with the few young boys we have we can do that, so Vitor is really on that.
“The plan is to use him as often as possible because of the way he performs, and that is it.”
It’s really nice to hear the boss giving credit where it’s due, especially when the person he’s talking about is somewhat responsible for the future of the team.
Jones, in particular, has really established himself recently as a contender for a regular place in the senior squad, contributing to six goals (5G+1A) in 13 games.
The midfielder is now donning the coveted No.17 shirt, and will hopefully take up the mantle of talisman at the heart of Liverpool, just like Steven Gerrard did in the 00s.