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Jurgen Klopp singles out Curtis Jones as Liverpool put seven past Lincoln

Reds secure comprehensive 7-2 win in League Cup third round

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said the team will "have some fun" with Curtis Jones after the youngster excelled during their 7-2 League Cup third-round victory over Lincoln.

The Toxteth-born 19-year-old scored twice to help take the game beyond their hosts and dictated play from midfield.

Klopp has introduced the teenager gradually to his first team and is looking to get him more involved this season.

"First half really good, start of the second half really good," Klopp was quoted as saying by the Press Association.

"There is still space for improvement but everyone knows my opinion of Curtis Jones, he is an exceptional talent and we will have some fun with him I am pretty sure in the future.

"Both goals were difficult, the second one the first touch was absolutely exceptional between two opponents and then he opens up and sees the opportunity and finishes it off."

Xherdan Shaqiri opened the scoring with a fine free-kick and had a good game overall. Klopp offered some hope to the Swiss, and the likes of Divock Origi who scored in the 89th minute, as he insisted the door is not closed on anyone's career.

"Everyone used the opportunity to show up, that is very important," he said.

"My door is always open and if a player shows desire – because they all can play football – that is why they are at Liverpool. There are a lot of games in the season.

"They showed desire, we saw attitude tonight, so many things of what I like and what we want to see from a Liverpool team.

"Really a lot of good things and that is why we came here, we wanted to win but we wanted to play good as well and I saw a good game."

Updated: September 25, 2020 08:45 AM

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