Liverpool Under-23s boss Neil Critchley has explained the one thing Curtis Jones must keep doing in order to break into the senior set up.

The Academy starlet dispatched an incredible eight-minute hat-trick against Sunderland U23s on Monday as the young Reds advanced into the last 16 of Premier League Cup.

Speaking after the 6-0 victory, Critchley marvelled at Jones' performance and season so far as well as outlining the big test facing the teenager.

The U23s boss told the club's official website: "He is [making big strides]. Curtis has been a consistent top performer for us this season and I suppose the test for him now and the test for us is to keep driving the standard for him and not to settle for what he’s got.

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"I know he won’t be and he will be looking for more. He has had a taste of it and he wants more of that.

"Curtis knows he has to keep performing if he wants more chances at senior level but I’m sure that will come at some point.

"The longer the game goes on I would have been surprised if Curtis hadn’t have scored," Critchley added.

"They were top goals as well, the left foot one, he can really hit it and connect off his left foot – it was a great strike. Then we had the right foot one when he cut inside and found the corner of the net.

"Right from the kick-off it was a fantastic bit of play from Liam [Millar], and Curtis has got the energy to keep running into the box and score. Three really top goals.

The youth coach also provided an update on Neco Williams who had to be replaced after suffering a knock in the 75th minute.

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Critchley revealed: "Neco took a knock and with the scoreline the way it was I didn’t think there was any point in him carrying on and making it worse, so we decided to take him off as a precaution.

"It was just a knock on the top of his foot and I’m sure he will be fine."