The 18-year-old winger came up big in the FA Cup on Sunday. Jones, a top prospect, scored a goal he may never better to earn Liverpool a 1-0 win over Everton in a Merseyside derby that had a familiar result at Anfield. Collecting the ball outside the area on the left, Jones bent a shot into the far corner off the underside of the crossbar. “The ball came to me and I only had one thing in mind — to shoot,” said Jones, who joined Liverpool at age 6 and was one of several youth players in an inexperienced team selected by Jurgen Klopp. “Luckily enough, it led to the match winner and a great goal.”
Like Jones, Rooney is a Liverpudlian who played well in the FA Cup. Now a midfielder near the end of his career, Rooney, 34, is still proving his worth. The former Manchester United and England striker played with authority and discipline as second-tier Derby’s captain to inspire his new team to a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace, the third Premier League team to lose to lower-league opposition at the third-round stage this season. “You could see his experience,” Derby manager Phillip Cocu said. “The other players know he will give the pass, so they will make the runs.”
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