Liverpool’s Klopp thrilled with ‘on fire’ Milner, ‘brilliant boy’ Elliott

Liverpool’s Klopp thrilled with ‘on fire’ Milner, ‘brilliant boy’ Elliott

The European champions defeated MK Dons 2-0 in the third round of the EFL Cup on Wednesday night, courtesy of goals from James Milner and Ki-Jana Hoever. Playing at left-back in Milton Keynes, he looked as good as he ever has.

But it was the performance of 18-year-old Scouser Curtis Jones which caught his eye.

"It's tough to keep going", he said.

Speaking at his post-match news conference, Klopp said: "Sixteen years old still and this kind of football is good, really good for us".

However, McAteer is aware that they will have found it hard to make runs and exploit pockets of space because of the way MK Dons defended, which he believes would have been frustrating for Keita, Brewster and Oxlade-Chamberlain. I think he's learning that more and more now - you don't want him doing it on the halfway line, you want him getting hold of it in the final third.

'He's at all times had that means however appears a bit extra mature now; [he's] defending nicely, getting his angles proper when he's defending.

"I said to him before the game, 'I wouldn't wish to defend you within the field, so get them in there and drive at them".

'There are occasions when it's essential to encourage but in addition occasions the place you want a rocket as nicely.

Liverpool’s Klopp thrilled with ‘on fire’ Milner, ‘brilliant boy’ Elliott
Liverpool’s Klopp thrilled with ‘on fire’ Milner, ‘brilliant boy’ Elliott

Senior Liverpool star James Milner has lavished praised on youngster Curtis Jones, claiming he has taken "massive steps" in the last 12 months.

"But the trouble you get is those three, with them [MK Dons] getting nine back, it's very, very hard for space to be found and for them to run in behind".

"I think that's the flawless way to start learning how to play for Liverpool, how they want to play, with some experience in the team", the Dutch youth global told the club's official website.

"That's what you are hoping for - the next game".

'Rhian is an out-and-out goalscorer, you know that he'll rating objectives.

'He is ruthless in front of goal, he'll get loads of objectives.

"Ki-Jana, another one, great talent, very comfortable on the ball and great for him to get a goal, fantastic, and hopefully that will give him that boost".


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