Liverpool fans have hailed Curtis Jones as “captain material” after the youngster consoled team-mate Rhian Brewster at Wembley.
Brewster missed from the spot as Liverpool lost to Arsenal via a penalty shootout in the Community Shield on Saturday.
Brewster, 20, has been tipped for big things having impressed in pre-season following a successful loan spell with Swansea.
And 19-year-old Jones was trying to make sure that the striker didn’t feel too bad as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the decisive penalty for the Gunners.
Jones was standing next to Brewster on the halfway line and swiftly embraced the fellow youngster before giving him a peck on the cheek as if to say ‘chin up’.
And Liverpool fans were loving the action of the young Reds midfielder.
One wrote: “I think Jones is more likely to be LFC captain one day than TAA is. TAA's an incredible player, but Jones strikes me as more of a leader than he is.”
While another simply added: “Future captain material”.
And a third, looking further ahead, posted: “These two are the future”.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he is to blame for Rhian Brewster penalty miss
While one more Reds fan commented: “I really like that, says a lot about the ethos of the whole set up”.
Brewster was only brought on in the dying moments, though Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was not blaming the youngster.
The boss said: “We lost the competition today as a team and Rhian is a part of that.
“f he would have scored the penalty and somebody else would have missed, it would have been the same feeling pretty much.
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“I get that it’s different when you are the one; I was in the situation myself as a player, obviously that’s not nice. But there are bigger catastrophes than that, it’s just part of the deal.
“I think with his technique – his shooting and finishing technique – I don’t think ever in his life there will be a goalie in touch with the ball around a penalty, but missing it like this is possible because he takes full risk.”
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