Having caught the eye against the newly promoted sides, however, the midfielder stepped it up massively in the Champions League, laying on four goals in a 5-1 rout.
After a goal from the bench at Brentford, Klopp outlined consistency as Jones’ biggest flaw as a young player, but speaking after the win in Portugal, Henderson was full of praise for his team-mate’s maturity.
“Curtis has been fantastic,” the captain told BT Sport.
“I know on paper he’s so young, but I feel as though he’s been around the first team for a few years now, he’s settled in really well, he’s matured really well.
“Now you’re starting to see what a good player he is over the last few weeks.
“He’s had to be a little bit patient at the beginning of the season, but he’s come in and done fantastically well.
“You can see he’s got all the attributes to be a top player.
“But I feel as though he’s maturing all the time and he’s putting in some really good performances to help the team.”
In his post-match press conference, Klopp revealed that Jones had suffered with stomach problems in the buildup to kickoff, but was ultimately pleased he could field his No. 17.
“The doctor came into my room and told me we needed to keep an eye on him, but I told him after the game: ‘Whatever it is, keep it!’,” the manager joked.
“It was really a good game. He played a really good game, he was everywhere, involved in everything, set up the first goal with a surprising finish – the goalie couldn’t save it – was in a lot of other situations really there.
“[While] maybe not as spectacular as all the offensive stuff, he played defensively a top-class game, he defended really well, pressed on the blindside.
“I liked a lot of things about his performance, so let’s keep going Curtis – not bad tonight!”
Here are three key things the manager had to say to the media and supporters in his post-match press conference:
[embedded content]1. Jones’ stomach troubles
The 20-year-old was the standout on the night, creating four goals as he seized his chance yet again in midfield but a stomach issue could have derailed it all.
Thankfully, he was able to play freely and the boss joked that whatever it was he needs to keep it around more often.
“Curtis played a good game. He had some problems with his stomach before the game. The doctor told me to keep an eye on him. I told him after the game whatever [the problem] was, keep it!
“Defensively played a top-class game, he defended really well, pressed from the blind side – there were a lot of things I liked. Let’s keep going, Curtis! Not bad tonight.”
Not bad at all!2. Not a great prognosis for Trent
The news broke on Monday night that the right-back had not travelled before Klopp confirmed a muscle injury prior to kickoff, with his chances of a place in the XI on Sunday looking slim to none.
“He played Saturday and Tuesday. On Sunday he had recovery, on Monday, the only session we had together we walked through it and had meetings.
“No intensity in the session, but Trent anyway felt it in the middle of the session. Felt his adductor in that area [groin]. He now has a little injury.
“It’s not likely for Sunday, no muscle injury heals that quick. After that it’s internationals, I won’t make the decision for him but from what I heard I don’t think it will be possible to be with the national team.”
It’s been a taxing run for the Reds with six games in the space of 16 days, with the month of September returning 20 goals in total.
The statistic drew a surprised “oh” from Klopp before he elaborated, saying “unfortunately, it didn’t feel like that!
“We conceded a few but now we play against Man City so I don’t think it makes too much sense to think too much about how many goals we can score against them.
“We need a complex and complete performance against them to have a chance. I’m looking forward to it.”
It’s a huge game in what is only the seventh Premier League matchday. But we too are more than ready for it.
Jordan Henderson insisted Liverpool still have plenty to do in Champions League Group B after recording a hugely impressive 5-1 win at FC Porto.
The Reds followed up their defeat of AC Milan earlier this month with a comprehensive display at Estadio do Dragao, with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino each scoring twice to add to a Sadio Mane goal.
Jürgen Klopp’s side lead the section by two points ahead of back-to-back meetings with Atletico Madrid and Henderson is pleased by their start to the group.
But the captain, who reached the landmark of 400 appearances for the club on the night, warned work must still be done for Liverpool to advance to the knockout stages.
Read Henderson’s post-match reaction with BT Sport below…
On being top of the group and tonight’s victory…
Well, it’s definitely not job done – there’s another four games to play and it is a very difficult group. But we’ve had two very good performances against Milan and now Porto. We’ve applied ourselves very well, put on good performances and got the results we deserved. So, a good start but far from over.
On the final 15 minutes of the match…
We’ll be disappointed to concede a goal. I thought we were dominant throughout the game so we’ll be a little bit disappointed to concede, but at the same time I thought the overall performance was very good. We scored some brilliant goals. So we’ve got to be pleased because it’s a difficult place to come.
On Curtis Jones’ performance and form…
Curtis has been fantastic. I know, on paper, he’s so young, but I feel as though he has been around the first team for a few years now, he has settled in really well, he has matured really well. And now you’re starting to see what a good player he is over the last few weeks. He has had to be a little bit patient at the beginning of the season but he’s come in and he’s done fantastically well. You can see he has got all the attributes to be a top player. I feel as though he is maturing all the time and he’s putting in some really good performances to help the team. But not only him tonight, I thought the overall performance from the team was very good.
On his 400th Liverpool appearance…
I can’t really describe the feeling, I still get the feeling every time I put the shirt on. I try to give my all for this club every single day. So when I put the shirt on every game, it’s an honour and I don’t take it for granted. To do it 400 times so far is pretty special. But I feel as though I’ve still got a lot left to contribute to this club and hopefully I can do it many more times in the future.
Liverpool maintained first place in their Champions League group on Tuesday evening with a convincing 5-1 victory away at FC Porto.
The Reds have a two-point lead at the top of Group B thanks to braces from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, along with a Sadio Mane goal, at the Estadio do Dragao.
Salah opened the scoring in Porto after 18 minutes before Mane doubled the visitors' lead at the end of the first half.
The Egyptian made it 3-0 following a sweeping move after half-time, though Porto then grabbed one back with Mehdi Taremi's header.
But Firmino came off the bench to net the Reds' fourth and fifth in the final quarter of an hour of the contest.
There was an enforced change for the Reds, with James Milner replacing Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was ruled out with a groin issue.
A slow start to the contest was interrupted by bold, attacking play from Curtis Jones to produce the opener.
Cutting in from the left, the No.17 shifted the ball onto his right foot to attempt to curl the ball into the far corner. Porto goalkeeper Diogo Costa could only parry it out to a central area, with Salah reacting quickest to poke home.
Diogo Jota went close twice not long after but was denied by a well-timed block and then smart save from Costa.
Liverpool continued with their dominance. Jordan Henderson tried to send a free-kick from the left into the top corner, only for Costa to tip it behind for a corner.
But the deserved second goal arrived right on the stroke of half-time.
A lovely move ended with Milner, right-sided full-back for the evening, sending a brilliant cross into the box which caused hesitation for those in a Porto shirt nearby. Mane was on hand at the back post to capitalise and tap in, establishing a two-goal lead at the break.
Liverpool looked to add to the scoreline, rather than settle for what they had.
In the opening exchanges of the second period, Andy Robertson forced a stop from Costa, who then made a vital interception when Jota pounced on a loose header from Jesus Corona.
More probing play from Jones led to 3-0. The No.17 pinched possession in a central area, carried the ball forward and then expertly played in Salah, who slotted past Costa.
At the other end, Alisson Becker was alert to keep out a low powerful effort from Vitinha.
Jota displayed neat footwork inside the box and should've netted a fourth, but found the side-netting with his finish. The hosts then pulled one back in the 75th minute when Taremi sent Fabio Vieira's cross past Alisson with a header.
But Liverpool quickly restored their three-goal advantage when Firmino pipped the onrushing Costa to a ball over the top around 30 yards away from goal. The No.9, who came on in minute 66, rolled the ball towards the empty net, with the 'keeper unable to stop it from crossing the line.
A lengthy VAR review eventually awarded the Reds their fifth goal. Jones' long-range strike was blocked inside the 18-yard box as Firmino reacted first to the loose ball and sent it into the back of the net to complete the night’s scoring.
The fact Roger Hunt, who has died at the age of 83, was never honoured to the extent of some of his England World Cup-winning team-mates or numerous less-decorated footballers since has always been a source of bewilderment to Liverpool fans.
Belated recognition for that 1966 triumph in the form of an MBE was finally bestowed at the turn of the century, but it is his exploits for club, not country, for which he is revered by the red half of Merseyside.
His name is likely to remain in Liverpool’s history books in perpetuity as if Ian Rush, the club’s all-time leading scorer, could not overcome his league goals record – 245 in 404 games – the likelihood is no-one will.
Hunt was born in Glazebury in Lancashire on July 20, 1938.
Having had a trial at Bury before opting to return to the family haulage business, he signed for Liverpool after being spotted playing for local amateur team Stockton Heath while on leave from the army aged 21 in 1959.
He scored on his home debut and proceeded to spend the next decade banging in the goals and winning trophies.
His remarkable 41 goals in as many games in the 1961-62 season helped Liverpool to win promotion as runaway Division Two champions and that form continued in the top flight as his partnership with Ian St John was written into footballing folklore.
He had gone to the 1962 World Cup, having been called up while still a Second Division player, but did not feature.
Four years later he was a key member of the squad.
Hunt, who had the honour of scoring the first goal to be shown on Match of the Day in August 1964, played in all six England matches on home soil, scoring three times.
He is, of course, intrinsically linked to Sir Geoff Hurst’s controversial second goal in the final which hit the crossbar and bounced down over the line, despite West Germany’s protestations to the contrary.
He was the nearest player to the ball and Hurst has always argued that, had there been any doubt, a striker of Hunt’s instincts would have been more interested in converting the rebound and not wheeling away in celebration.
He finished his international career in 1969 with 18 goals from 34 caps.
There were to be plenty more goals, but no more trophies, on the domestic front before Bill Shankly’s squad rebuilding saw Hunt move on to Bolton in 1969 after 286 goals in 492 games in all competitions for the Reds.
He retired from playing three years later, going on to work in his family’s haulage business again.
Having overtaken Gordon Hodgson as Liverpool’s all-time leading goalscorer in November 1967 with his 242nd strike, Hunt’s record stood until October 1992 when it was broken by Rush.
His tally remains second only to the Welshman’s in the club’s scoring charts.
The esteem with which he was held at Anfield was so high that when he returned in 1972 to play in his testimonial the gates were locked an hour before kick-off as 56,000 – with thousands more reported to be outside – packed into the ground.
That he was not duly recognised by the establishment for nearly another 30 years was a source of frustration to some and embarrassment for others and, had it not been for a media campaign he, and other team-mates, may not have received it at all.
But there was never any doubt of his place among football’s elite. Just ask those Kopites waving his flag.
Hunt, who died peacefully at home on Monday evening following a long illness, is survived by his second wife Rowan, as well as son David and daughter Julie from his first marriage to Patricia.
Hunt passed away peacefully on Monday evening following a long illness, with the club confirming the death of their second-highest goalscorer.
The local-born striker netted 285 times in 492 games for Liverpool, spending 11 years at Anfield and earning the nickname Sir Roger among supporters, as a crucial part of Bill Shankly’s successful side.
A World Cup winner with England in 1966, Hunt is second only to Ian Rush in the Reds’ all-time goalscorers list, while he tops the charts when it comes to goals in the league.
Following the news, Klopp paid tribute via the club’s official website, hailing Hunt as someone who is “second to no-one in his importance in the history of Liverpool FC.”
“I am told the Kop christened him ‘Sir Roger’ for all his achievements,” the manager reflected.
“A goalscorer who never stopped working to help his team-mates; I believe he would have fit in well within our current team.
“So, it is Sir Roger we will remember, honour and pay tribute to over the coming days.
“You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
Though Hunt left Liverpool in 1969, and therefore his time with the club came before many modern supporters began watching the Reds, he is cherished as a legend on Merseyside.
That was shown as players and fans alike took to social media to honour a remarkable goalscorer and a gentleman off the pitch:
The saddest news my all time boyhood hero ‘Sir Roger Hunt’ has passed away. Can’t put into words how much I adored him, I’m heartbroken. Sincere condolences to Rowan, family and https://t.co/U12pYVOPcC YNWA
— David Fairclough (@DFairclough12) September 28, 2021
Take care of Sir Roger for us Saint.
— Jan Molby (@JanMolby) September 28, 2021
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) September 28, 2021
Rest in peace, Sir Roger Hunt ?? pic.twitter.com/6yvIARXCP9
— Robbie Fowler (@Robbie9Fowler) September 28, 2021
I’m absolutely gutted to hear of the passing away of one,if not THE BEST Lfc strikers SIR ROGER HUNT.What a striker and a true Gentlemen,I had the great pleasure of being with him on many https://t.co/pafs9YfjpC My Nu 1 Legend and Hero.?YNWA
— John Aldridge (@Realaldo474) September 28, 2021
— Andrew Beasley ? (@BassTunedToRed) September 28, 2021
Nobody looked better in all red.
And few played better.
I honestly thought he'd live forever. pic.twitter.com/t8cina9n7p
— Steven Kelly (@SteKelly198586) September 28, 2021
RIP Sir Roger, an iconic figure in LFC history whose goals helped propel the club to the elite. Reunited with Shanks and The Saint now ??
— Aaron Cutler (@aaron_cutler) September 28, 2021
So very sad to hear of the loss of Roger Hunt. My dad has forever insisted he was the greatest striker Liverpool have ever had, and it was utterly pointless to argue the toss with him over the matter. Sleep well. pic.twitter.com/4QRuuTyloM
— Steven Scragg (@Scraggy_74) September 28, 2021
Knighted by the Kop, one of THE greats – I grew up knowing Roger Hunt as the man Ian Rush was trying to surpass as Liverpool’s greatest goalscorer. One of those LFC players I wish I’d seen in the flesh rather than just on video, really sad news. RIP Sir Roger https://t.co/dAqAS1e5Go
— Chris Mac (@chrismackop) September 28, 2021
Very sad to hear Roger Hunt has passed away. Never saw him play, but I know he was good enough to be Knighted by the Kop. A hero and a legend who brought joy to everyone connected with @LFC. RIP Sir Roger pic.twitter.com/F8vSbWoRrW
— Jeff Goulding (@ShanklysBoys1) September 28, 2021
A light has gone out at Anfield. One of the giants, a man who set standards and smashed records. His statistics tell you about him as a player, those who knew him tell you he was an absolute gentlemen. That is what matters https://t.co/uSHXc5tA2K
— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) September 28, 2021
One of the Liverpool's greatest ever players, a World Cup winner and an absolute gentleman to go with it.
— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) September 28, 2021
Rest in peace Sir Roger Hunt. Legends don’t come much bigger. Probably the most starstruck I’ve ever been doing my job. YNWA pic.twitter.com/OqS18vu81t
— Paul Doward (@PaulDowardRadio) September 28, 2021
Such sad news. RIP to one of the greatest players in the history of Liverpool Football Club.
– 492 appearances
– 285 goals
– 3 x league titles
– 1 x FA Cup
– 1 x World Cup
— Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) September 28, 2021
Saddened to hear of the passing of a true Merseyside football legend, World Cup winner Roger Hunt. Still more league goals for #LFC than any other player and always 'Sir' Roger in the Kop's eyes, regardless of any official title. pic.twitter.com/IwodFXrXtK
— Christopher Beesley (@CBeesleyEcho) September 28, 2021
RIP Sir Roger Hunt My First Footballing Hero YNWA pic.twitter.com/md5hkwwR3q
— Stephen Monaghan (@Ste_Mono) September 28, 2021
RIP. 'Sir' Roger Hunt. Legend. Hero. YNWA.
— Ged Rea (@ged0407) September 28, 2021
Rest in peace, Sir Roger. You’ll Never Walk Alone.
Roger Hunt, the legendary striker who sits second on Liverpool‘s all-time goalscorers list, has sadly passed away at the age of 83.
Hunt joined the Reds from local club Stockton Heath – now known as Warrington Town – in 1958, scoring on his debut a year later as he helped clinch a 2-0 victory over Scunthorpe.
That set the tone for a clinical striker who would go on to score 285 goals in 492 appearances for Liverpool, his last coming in 1969, weeks before he departed for Bolton.
Only Ian Rush has scored more times in the club’s 129-year history, while no player has scored more than his 244 in the league, with Hunt rightly considered one of the finest strikers in the English game.
The club have now confirmed his sad passing, having died peacefully in his home on Monday night, following a long illness.
During his time at Anfield, Hunt won the First Division title twice and the Second Division once, along with one FA Cup and three Charity Shields, and became known as Sir Roger on the Kop.
He was also part of England’s successful side at the World Cup in 1966, scoring three goals on the way to the final, including a double against France to seal top spot in their group.
Rest in peace, Sir Roger. You’ll Never Walk Alone.
Liverpool will introduce Covid-19 spot-checks for fans and matchday staff attending the Manchester City game at Anfield on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.
Liverpool, who have not carried out spot-checks at matches so far this season despite several other Premier League clubs doing so, say the move is part of their commitment to the health and safety of staff, the community and fans attending each fixture. At present, they are not a condition of entry into the stadium.
A statement on the club's website read: "Liverpool FC is introducing COVID-19 spot-checks for fans and matchday staff attending the Manchester City game at Anfield on Sunday, October 3, as part of its commitment to the health and safety of staff, the community and fans attending each match.
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"The spot-checks will involve the club's stewarding team selecting a small percentage of fans and working staff at random to show their COVID-19 status and certifications. All home and away supporters attending the game should be prepared to present either proof of being double vaccinated with the NHS COVID Pass or a negative lateral flow test taken within 48 hours before kick-off. Children under the age of 18 are exempt from checks and will not be asked to participate.Sunday 3rd October 4:00pm Kick off 4:30pm
"The spot-checks are not a condition of entry, but the club would like to prepare fans in case of a policy change to large-scale events and COVID-19 certification, and to keep supporters safe while attending matches. Any fan who wishes to voluntarily show their vaccination or proof of negative lateral flow test can do so by approaching any of the COVID-19 spot check stewards who will be visible around the stadium.Sunday 3rd October 4:00pm Kick off 4:30pm
"The club will update all season ticket holders and members should COVID-19 spot checks become legislation.
"The club is highly recommending that fans wear face coverings while in the stadium and regularly wash their hands and use the additional sanitisation stations available at Anfield.
"For any fans exempt, please make the stewarding team aware if asked to take part in the spot check.
"Mobile lateral flow tests will be available to take on the day. They will be located near the LFC Superstore and open from 9am until kick-off.
"The club would like to thank fans in advance for their co-operation with matchday operations."FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from the 3-3 draw between Brentford and Liverpool in the Premier League
Ahead of the start of the new season in August, the Premier League said fans will be subject to random spot-checks at some grounds and should be prepared to show they have been fully vaccinated or have received a negative lateral flow test in the previous 48 hours, via their NHS Covid pass through the NHS app or website link.
The Premier League also said fans must comply with a supporter code of conduct, and stressed the importance of wearing masks in indoor areas, avoiding close contact with people you do not know and following one-way signage around stadiums.
Fans attending sporting fixtures with attendances of 20,000 or over may be required to show proof of a full Covid-19 vaccination from the end of this month, under plans being discussed by the government, and mandatory coronavirus checks are also expected to be implemented from October 1.
Liverpool FC is introducing COVID-19 spot checks for fans and matchday staff attending the Manchester City game at Anfield on Sunday October 3, as part of its commitment to the health and safety of staff, the community and fans attending each match.
This is in line with the latest Premier League matchday protocols and with all other clubs across the league. This is also supported by its city partners, Liverpool City Council, Merseyside Police and Spirit of Shankly.
The spot checks will involve the club’s stewarding team selecting a small percentage of fans and working staff at random to show their COVID-19 status and certifications. All home and away supporters attending the game should be prepared to present either proof of being double vaccinated with the NHS COVID Pass or a negative lateral flow test taken within 48 hours before kick-off. Children under the age of 18 are exempt from checks and will not be asked to participate.
The spot checks are not a condition of entry, but the club would like to prepare fans in case of a policy change to large-scale events and COVID-19 certification, and to keep supporters safe while attending matches. Any fan who wishes to voluntarily show their vaccination or proof of negative lateral flow test can do so by approaching any of the COVID-19 spot check stewards who will be visible around the stadium.
The club will update all season ticket holders and Members should COVID-19 spot checks become legislation.
The club is highly recommending that fans wear face coverings while in the stadium and regularly wash their hands and use the additional sanitisation stations available at Anfield.
For any fans exempt, please make the stewarding team aware if asked to take part in the spot check.
Mobile lateral flow tests will be available to take on the day. They will be located near the LFC Superstore and open from 9am until kick-off.
The club would like to thank fans in advance for their co-operation with matchday operations.