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Fulham vs Liverpool: Curtis Jones provides fitness update ahead of Carabao Cup second leg

Liverpool will take on Fulham in the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday night. The Reds carry a slender lead into this leg after winning the first leg 2-1 earlier this month. Liverpool will undoubtedly be the overwhelming favourite in this fixture on Wednesday, thanks to their impressive form this season. The Reds have been producing dominating performances in domestic and European competitions, making them the team to beat.

Curtis Jones provides fitness update

Ahead of the important fixture, Liverpool suffered a small injury concern over their young midfielder Curtis Jones. He had felt some discomfort during the commanding Premier League win over Bournemouth at the weekend. However, providing a positive update on the development, Jones told Liverpoolfc.com, “I’m good,” he said. “I just had a little bit of pain in my hamstring, which I’d had for a couple of days. I had a scan on my leg and the muscle is fine. There was a little bit of tendon pain, so it’ll be there for a little while. But I’m fine and ready to go.”

Jones then shifted his focus to Andy Robertson, who could return from a lengthy injury soon. “He’s a big, big part of our team and always has been, and not only for his football. It’s more his character around the place as well. He’s been through a hard time with the injury and how long he’s been out, but every time he’s been around he’s been the exact same lad he is, he always wants to have a laugh, always got a smile on his face with the lads who are doing well,” he explained.

The midfielder further added: “And with the young lads who are coming in and playing games – Conor [Bradley], for example – he’s always around them. Con would say himself that when he’s played games and done well he’ll always have a text off him if he’s done well, [and it is the] same with Harvey [Elliott] and the likes of Cody [Gakpo], Dom [Szoboszlai] who came in. He’s a family man, if you like. It’s really good to see him back and we can’t wait to have him around the team again.”

Curtis Jones on Diogo Jota

One name which has been recently trending among Liverpool supporters across the globe is Diogo Jota. The Portuguese forward has been getting a lot of praise for his impressive finishing. Jones also joined them in heaping praise on the versatile forward. “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,” he explained.

He added: “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!’ To have him in the team is amazing. He’s a huge help, he always runs and when his confidence is the way it is now, there’s no doubt that in every single game he’s going to get goals.”

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