Jordan Henderson reveals "the difference" behind Liverpool teammate Curtis Jones' form after Leicester double
KING POWER STADIUM, LEICESTER — Jordan Henderson has hailed the upturn in form for Curtis Jones, who struck twice on Monday evening for Liverpool against Leicester City. Liverpool continued their very late push for a Champions League spot with a 3-0 victory in the East Midlands — and with a level of comfort, as Jurgen Klopp’s men toyed with the relegation-threatened Foxes at times, playing the final 70 minutes totally at their pace. Jones opened the scoring for the visitors just after the half-hour, making a smart run at the back post to meet a cross from Mo Salah. The same duo combined three minutes later, with a well-struck effort from Jones from the edge of the box, controlling and finishing with his right boot this time. It marked his first away goals since 2021, and followed up a recent strike at Anfield against Tottenham Hotspur, which in turn was his first home goal since 2020, with the midfielder having struggled with injuries. The improvements go beyond goalscoring for the Scouse starlet, though. After struggling to break into the side all season — despite being rewarded with a new long-term contract in November — Jones has started each of the last nine Premier League games. Across that period, since being drafted into the XI following a 4-1 loss to Manchester City, the 22-year-old has covered more ground (92.7km) and won more fouls (11) than any teammate. MORE: Leicester look doomed as Liverpool ease to seventh win on the bounceJones — who has already picked up Premier League and FA Cup medals in his fledgling career — has also won more duels (44), had more touches (597) and made more sprints (152) than Liverpool’s other midfielders during this run of starts. Displaying that tenacity and drive, Jones has helped drive Liverpool on to a nine-game unbeaten run during his time in the side, winning the last seven straight. Though a spot at Europe’s top table now looks unlikely, given they would need Manchester United or Newcastle United to slip up twice in three games, it bodes well for next season. Liverpool’s other goalscorer at Leicester, Trent Alexander-Arnold, has enjoyed his own recent resurgence to spark this run, too — thanks largely to a positional shift into midfield when in possession, which has helped unleash Jones. The former academy starlet seemingly has a lot more freedom to his play now, effectively having a central trio to help cover behind him. Against the Foxes, he was superb outside of his goalscoring exploits, constantly running behind into threatening areas and dragging the defence around. Reflecting on his junior teammate’s form, Henderson said, in the bowels of King Power Stadium: “I think he grew in confidence. I think having a run of games has helped him a lot, and he’s performed really well. “With the ball, technically he’s so good — very rarely gives it away, good in tight spaces. He’s got quality as you’ve seen tonight with his goals. “But then without the ball, that’s been the difference, in terms of counter-pressing and winning the ball back. He’s a great athlete and he’s been brilliant over the last few weeks.”MORE: Has Salah now overtaken Gerrard as Reds' Premier League-era GOAT?