Curtis Jones has played down comparisons with Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard despite impressing in the Reds’ 7-2 victory over Lincoln while wearing the No.17 shirt.
While Gerrard is chiefly associated with the No.8 on Merseyside, he donned the No.17 jersey for many seasons as he rose to first-team status at the turn of the century.
Gerrard’s performances for Liverpool with No.17 on his back saw him break into the England set-up in 2000, while he won the FA Cup, Europa League and League Cup one year later.
Meanwhile, Jones switched from the No.48 shirt to No.17 ahead of this season and dazzled in his first appearance of the campaign.
The 19-year-old scored twice in four minutes to extend the Reds’ lead to four goals and he impressed with a tireless midfield performance.
Earlier this year, he became the youngest captain in Liverpool’s history as he was handed the armband for the 1-0 FA Cup victory over Shrewsbury.
As a Liverpool native, Jones has often been tipped to follow in former skipper Gerrard’s footsteps – but he insists it is merely by chance he has taken the No.17 shirt.
“It’s just a coincidence I’m wearing Steven Gerrard’s number 17 shirt this season, it’s more to do with a family thing and growing up and stuff,” Jones told Sky Sports .
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The teenager also reflected on the match, during which Takumi Minamino also scored twice and Xherdan Shaqiri, Marko Grujic and Divock Origi got on the scoresheet.
Jones said: “We started well, fair play to Lincoln they turned up and gave us a good game but I thought we were the better team on the night as the scoreline showed.
“There were seven good goals, I think mine was an individual one but there was a lot of teamplay goals, I’ll leave it to the pundits and the fans to decide which was the best one!”
Turning his attention to the upcoming fourth-round clash with Arsenal, Jones added: “I’ve always said whenever I’m called upon I’ll always give 100% and I show that in every game I play.
“I’m just waiting for my turn, there’s some great picks in there and any time I’m called upon I’ll show up 100%.
“Hopefully I might get to start again next week against Arsenal, as I said the team’s great and it’s a tougher opponent so I’ll just have to respect the gaffer’s decision.
“If I’m picked I’ll give 100% and if not I’ll be ready to come on. Either way I’ll be ready 100%, I’m just waiting for my opportunity.”
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