The thought of making history and being remembered forever by Liverpool fans is something that feeds Curtis Jones every single day.
Nineteen-year-old Scouser has entrusted his future to the kids’ club by signing a new long-term contract after an impressive 2019-2020 season individually.
Having become the youngest player who ever came across the Reds in a bout and scored a memorable goal in a Merseyside derby at Anfield, the No. 48 is determined to offer many more special moments after signing his last deal.
Watch our chat with the Academy product in full through LFCTV GO nowor read below for a transcript …
Curtis, congratulations on your new deal. Another proud moment for you …
Yes sure. It came quickly. I think it was only a year to 10 months when I signed my other one for the first time. But I did well and I’m proud to have another one. It was easy for me to be able to put the pen on paper and try to do it as quickly as possible. I’m very proud.
How prepared are you to commit your future to your kids club?
For me, as everyone knows, it is huge. As you said then, it’s my kids club and it’s my whole family club too. For me it is huge. I think the environment and things are all positive and keep me as positive as possible. Of course, we are working with a great manager and the best team in the world, so it was easy for me [I’m] extremely proud.
You must be happy to see all your hard work and the progression has paid off in the result of this new deal …
Obviously. I think for any of the young guys, including myself, you come here and we work hard every day. The manager and team trust and trust us. The opportunities we’ve had have been huge throughout the season. I think I jumped at my chance and it paid off big time.
Do you want to tell us a little about the work you have done to help you with your development?
It is a perfect environment. I have great guys who help me every day – Hendo, Millie, Lallana, Fabinho, the whole team is perfect for me to watch every day in training. But to get involved with them, you collect so many things and details in what they do and do everything perfect – their professionalism on the spot is perfect. So I’m collecting all of this and taking it into my game and for myself as a person. He’s paying well.
So far it has been an incredible season for you with so many memorable moments. Have you had the chance to absorb everything yet?
No, because I think the kids are doing very well and the games are coming as quickly as possible. I don’t want to sit there and try to do everything because I think that without the kids and the technical staff around, I wouldn’t have had those opportunities and I couldn’t have lived that dream I had. I absolutely have to give credit to the boys and the rest of the technical staff.
If you think about your career for a long, long time in the future, do you think this season will prove to be crucial?
Yes sure. As I said before, I’m just a young boy and I’m definitely on the best team in the world. The things I collect every single day and the people I am learning from will surely benefit me in the future.
What is it like for a local guy like you to do all this? A little surreal I guess …
Of course, it’s a dream. As a young boy who loved football, it has always been my dream to come here and spend my whole career here. I’m here to make history in the club and try to be a legend in the club and I want to be remembered by all the fans for as long as the LFC lasts.
You have already had many good moments in your young career. You had that taste, so how determined are you for the more and potentially better ones?
Everyone knows me, I’m a confident boy, but now I have to be patient and wait until the right time and wait until the manager and his staff think it’s right to put me inside, which I know they will do because I know the belief that they have inside me and I know they are perfect people to be with when I am now in my career. As I always say, every time they ask me and any position they hire me, I will always give 100%. Like I said before, I’m here to make history at the club.
And there’s no better place for you than being here in Melwood on a daily basis, is there?
I have arrived at the same age as Harvey is now and he who enters, you can already see how well it fits and how safe it is. But the same goes for me and Neco, Ki-Jana and the rest of the young guys who are there now, it’s perfect. You come in and are welcome every single day. But of course the kids expect a lot from you because you’re so young but you’re here for a reason. Of course there is a lot to ask, but in the future it will pay off. I think the locker room is perfect and the team I have around us at the moment is absolutely perfect.
What are your hopes for the future after writing this new agreement?
Once I sign, I don’t really think about it. I just want to go out on the pitch and be the best I can and show everyone the player I will be in the future. As soon as I signed up now, I went straight back there, back to 100% again. As I said, I can’t wait for the manager and the rest of the staff to offer.
The manager obviously has a lot of confidence in young talents and has spoken of wanting to make young players take the step to become successful first players. How determined are you to accept it in that offer?
It’s huge. Not only is it a dream, but every time I am challenged, I love a challenge, especially now with the team I am in. I am fighting every day to try to join the team or be on the bench or be around the team. Every chance that I have for sure I will take it with both hands and give the best shot I have. This is what I think I have done in the games I have played.
But you have to earn those opportunities, don’t you?
Definitely. Now everyone knows that the team we are trying to join is the best team in the world, the players who are there are world class. For me, I have to be 100% focused and give it 100% every single day I’m here and I keep doing my extra [work] that I’m doing around training.