- 18-year-old Curtis Jones produced a sensational “Wayne Rooney moment” on Sunday, earning Liverpool a 1-0 win over its rival Everton in the FA Cup third round.
- Jones curled home a sensational strike from 20-yards to seal victory, becoming the youngest Liverpool player to score in a Merseyside derby since 1994.
- “Remember Wayne Rooney’s first goal for Everton?” the former Manchester United striker Dion Dublin said on BBC Radio 5 Live. “We were thinking ‘we have got somebody special here’.”
- Jones described the goal as “more than a dream,” according to Optus Sport, while former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard posted “Love it kid” on Instagram.
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Curtis Jones, 18, produced a sensational “Wayne Rooney moment” on Sunday to earn Liverpool a 1-0 win over its rival Everton in the FA Cup third round.
Jurgen Klopp’s side had dominated but was unable to find the net until the 71st minute, when Jones produced a highlight moment for the ages.
The teenager received the ball from Divock Origi just outside the box, before bending a sublime curled effort into the top right stanchion, out of the reach of the scrambling Jordan Pickford.
At 18 years and 340 days, he became the youngest Liverpool player to score in a Merseyside derby since Robbie Fowler in 1994.
Watch Jones’ goal here:
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A Wayne Rooney moment
Jones’ stunning strike drew instant comparisons to veteran striker Wayne Rooney’s goal for Everton against Arsenal in 2002.
Rooney became the Premier League’s youngest ever goalscorer — a record which has since been broken — when he thundered the winning goal past David Seaman just five days before his 17th birthday on October 19, 2002.
“Remember Wayne Rooney’s first goal for Everton? We were thinking ‘we have got somebody special here’,” said the former Manchester United and Aston Villa striker Dion Dublin on BBC Radio 5 Live.
“I’ve got to tip my hat to the young man — what a finish and his first goal for his hometown club!”
See Rooney’s goal versus Arsenal in 2002 here:
Alan Shearer, the Premier League’s highest ever goalscorer, added on BBC’s Match of the Day: “What a finish that was — the keeper had no chance with that.”
The former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard also congratulated Jones, posting a photo of the younger Jones on Instagram, alongside the caption: “Love it kid.”
🔥 love it kid ❤️
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Jones himself described the goal as a dream come true.
“I dream of a lot of things but this one was more than a dream,” he said after the match, according to Optus Sport.
“There are world-class players in this team but I think I went out and showed what I could do on the pitch.”
The win sees Liverpool progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup, and maintain its imperious start to the new season, in which it has lost just once in all competitions and won 19 of its 20 Premier League games.
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