Curtis Jones reveals new nickname for Diogo Jota while praising his qualities

Curtis Jones has reached a new level this season and is now viewed as an important player in Jurgen Klopp’s side.

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Curtis Jones has reached a new level this season and is now viewed as an important player for the Reds.

The 22-year-old has been trusted to start in big games this season, including against Manchester City and Arsenal in the FA Cup.

He also was the best player on the pitch as Liverpool ran out 5-1 winners against a good West Ham side in the Carabao Cup.

The academy graduate scored two fantastic goals against the Hammers as he continues to grow in confidence and ability.

Jones recently heaped praise on Liverpool teammate Diogo Jota – who scored a brace against Bournemouth this past weekend.

The Portuguese international has been firing on all cylinders since his return from injury in December.

The 27-year-old has managed an impressive haul of three goals and three assists in his past five matches – with Curtis Jones now recognizing this.

What did Curtis Jones say about Diogo Jota?

Speaking to liverpoolfc.com, Jones revealed his nickname for Jota owing to the No.20 unique skillset:

“I’m at the point now where I call him ‘the ghost’ because he’s one of them where you think he’s not involved in the game, and then he’ll pick up the ball and it’ll turn into a goal!”

“I’ve been around a lot of world-class strikers from my Academy days into the U21s and then the [senior] team, and he’s right up there.”

“When the game isn’t going his way, it’s quite easy for a striker to not be on the ball and not impact the game, but Jots is always in the game.”

“Even when, say, his touch is a little bit loose and it’s not going right, the ball will bounce around the box and it’s a Jota goal, and you think, ‘Only Jots could do that!'” 

Diogo ‘Ghost’ Jota is something we could get used to hearing.

Jota is certainly a clinical finisher and is only behind Mohamed Salah (18) in terms of goals scored for Liverpool this season with 11.

The 27-year-old has scored one more goal than Nunez this season despite playing 588 minutes fewer. highlighting his effectiveness in-and-around the box.

His ability to use and finish with both feet as well as his head makes him a nightmare for defenders to keep track of.

Speaking post-Bournemouth, Jota attempted to explain his finishing prowess, saying:

“It’s hard to explain, I try to be in the right place at the right time and that’s why I work.”

“This kind of feeling, it just comes natural and that’s why I need to be there to help the team to score goals and make assists.”

Hopefully Jota can channel his natural instincts this evening when Liverpool take on Fulham in a crunch semi-final clash.

Fulham have a few injury concerns to contend with – more here.

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