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Curtis Jones explains how Liverpool’s ‘game-changers’ inspired another comeback victory.

Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones praised his team’s “game-changers” for sparking another comeback win after a 2-1 victory over Fulham in the EFL Cup semi-finals. Jones believes the Reds’ squad depth made the difference yet again.

Curtis Jones Scores Equalizer in Cup Tie vs Fulham

On Wednesday, Liverpool faced Fulham in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final tie. The Reds trailed 1-0 at halftime after Willian’s opener for Fulham.

But Curtis Jones pulled Liverpool level in the 52nd minute with a deflected strike. Then substitute Cody Gakpo fired home the winner in the 58th minute after excellent play from fellow sub-Darwin Nunez.

The 2-1 victory gives Liverpool a slim advantage heading into the second leg at Fulham on January 26th. Reflecting on the win, Curis Jones highlighted the team’s quality off the bench as a key factor.

Liverpool Boasts Game-Changing Substitutes

“Cody, he came on, he scores, Darwin came on and he changed the whole game,” Curtis Jones told Liverpoolfc.com after the match.

He added, “You are seeing it now with the whole team: it doesn’t matter who is starting and who is coming off the bench, the lads are there and they are giving it their all for the team.”

Jones cited Liverpool’s previous come-from-behind results as further evidence of their squad’s potency. “We’ve been behind in some games, but the players who have come on have scored goals and helped us win. So, I hope this continues” he remarked.

The 22-year-old midfielder’s goal against Fulham took on extra significance for giving Liverpool the lead in the semi-final tie. Curtis Jones admitted he was happy to claim the goal despite its deflected nature.

“Of course I am [going to claim it]!” Jones said. “It’s one of the things, I’ve always said [and] I’ve been around the team now a while and I’m playing a lot of games now so it’s about scoring goals and helping the team now.”

Curtis Jones Emerging as Reliable Midfield Presence

The 2022-2023 season has seen Curtis Jones take on a bigger role in Liverpool’s first team. He has made 21 appearances across all competitions, scoring an impressive four goals from midfield.

Jones has shown development in his all-around game this campaign. His tidy passing and dribbling help Liverpool control possession, while his late runs into the box provide an attacking threat.

Still only 22, the talented Academy graduate is starting to deliver on his potential. Manager Jurgen Klopp has entrusted him with plenty of playing time in midfield alongside veterans like Fabinho and captain Jordan Henderson.

Based on his current form, Curtis Jones looks poised to become a fixture in Liverpool’s starting XI for years to come. He provides energy, technical quality, and an eye for goal from his box-to-box role.

Comeback Victories Becoming Liverpool’s Signature

The Fulham win marked the 11th time this season across all competitions that Liverpool have come from behind to avoid defeat.

Remarkably, the Reds have turned around a 1-0 deficit to win on seven separate occasions. Curtis Jones believes this spirited character has defined the team’s campaign.

“If you look at our season, we’ve fallen behind a lot, but we’ve also shown that great character, that desire to come back and win games. I think that has been key for us this season,” the midfielder noted back in October.

Liverpool’s resilience was also on full display during their run to last season’s Champions League final. They overturned 2-0 and 3-0 aggregate deficits against Spanish giants Villarreal and Benfica respectively to advance.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have developed a belief they can claw back any result, no matter the odds. That mental resolve, coupled with game-changing options off the bench, makes Liverpool perpetually dangerous.

Jones and Liverpool Aiming for More Cup Glory

With a slim first-leg advantage over Fulham, Curtis Jones knows Liverpool still has work left to reach the EFL Cup final.

“Yeah, [there is] a smile on my face but there’s a second leg of the game so that’s the important one,” he acknowledged.

Liverpool last won the competition in 2012 and is aiming to lift the trophy for the record-extending 10th time.

The Reds are also still fighting on three other fronts. They sit sixth in the Premier League but only six points off fourth place. Liverpool also faces Real Madrid in the upcoming Champions League Round of 16.

But Jones is relishing his chance to win his first major honor with the club he joined as a six-year-old. If Liverpool can continue summoning their comeback spirit, expect Jones and the Reds to celebrate more trophies this season.

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