Plymouth's Ben Jones comes up against European super powers for Liverpool
PLYMOUTH-BORN defender Lloyd Jones has played for Liverpool against European football powerhouses Inter Milan and Real Madrid at a prestigious youth tournament in Qatar.
The former Devonport High School for Boys student, 17, is continuing to impress in the Reds' academy ranks.
Liverpool are one of 12 teams who have been taking part in the second Al Kass International Cup in Doha.
Jones, who moved from Plymouth Argyle to Liverpool in the summer of 2011, has started at centre-back in all four of their matches at the tournament so far.
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The Reds topped Group B with a 2-0 win against Aspire Qatar and a 0-0 draw with Esperance Sportive.
That set them up for a quarter-final against Inter Milan, which the Italians won 1-0.
Liverpool then lost 2-1 to Real Madrid on Sunday, coached by former los Blancos striker Fernando Morientes, despite leading 1-0 at half-time.
They finish the tournament today with a seventh/eighth place play-off against Aspire Qatar.
Jones has played regularly for Liverpool in the NextGen Series this season, an under-19s equivalent of the Champions League.
The Reds booked their place in the last 16 of the competition with a 4-1 home win against Inter Milan last month, in which 6ft 3in Jones played the whole game.
Jones, who is not 18 until October, will start a two-year professional contract with the Reds next season.
HOME Park is hosting the second match in England Schoolboys' defence of the Under-18 Centenary Shield next month.
The English Schools' FA game against Northern Ireland takes place on Friday, March 8 (7pm).
Tickets for the match have gone on sale at Home Park, priced at £4 for adults – providing they are obtained in advance – and £2 for under-16s.
Adult tickets on the night will cost £5.
England are holders of the Centenary Shield, having won three of their four matches last season – against Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland – after losing the opener to Wales.
They start the defence of their title against Wales at Lincoln City's Sincil Bank, one week ahead of the visit to Plymouth.
England then take on Scotland at St Johnstone's McDiarmid Park before concluding their campaign by playing Ireland at Cork City's Turner's Cross Stadium.