There was neat symmetry to another notable moment in the Liverpool career of Curtis Jones.
"100th appearance for MY club! What a way to celebrate it!" posted the midfielder on social media having reached a century of games for the Reds during the 3-1 win at Wolves on Saturday.
It was at Molineux back in January 2019 when Jones, then not yet 18, made his first-team debut when lining up on the left of midfield in an FA Cup third round tie.
Certainly, Jones ensured his latest return was a memorable one, joining Harvey Elliott in racing to the away end and celebrating the game-clinching third goal of a 3-1 comeback triumph and earning a yellow card in the process.
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The 22-year-old became only the third homegrown Academy graduate after Steven Gerrard and Trent Alexander-Arnold to make 100 appearances for Liverpool since the current building at Kirkby was opened 25 years ago.
But that Jones, who has been at the club since under-nine level, only last weekend reached the milestone approaching five years after his senior bow underlines the obstacles and issues he has had to overcome, ranging from freak injuries, losses of form, social media criticism and changes in position.
Last season was arguably the nadir, fit enough to make only one Premier League start before April as he was compelled to manage his fitness after suffering a stress reaction in his tibia. Not least as Jurgen Klopp, speaking after Jones and Elliott had featured in an experimental Liverpool line-up winning at Southampton in May 2022, had highlighted the midfielder was part of the future.
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