Ricketts must have delivered strong words at half-time as his players finally stopped being so deferential in the second half, no longer enabling Liverpool to control the tempo.
"He's buzzing. We've given him a (fifth round) game against Chelsea away to look forward to".
The Reds formed the youngest team in their history with an average age of 19 years and 102 days when they played against Shrewbury Town in the fourth round on Tuesday evening.
Can you imagine the outrage if later that season, he chose not to attend an FA Cup game against the worst team in the Football League and Liverpool failed to win?
"I never thought I'd get the opportunity so early to be the captain of the team", the boyhood Liverpool fan said. It's a dream come true.
"I think for any young player who comes to a team like this, where there are players who are the best in the world: we have a complete team full of incredible characters and incredible players and they are all incredibly talented".
"Captaining this great team in front of incredible fans and doing it at such a young age is a great honor and I will be recorded for the rest of my life".
The match began on a dominating note for both sides, who were watchful with their possession throughout the game.
But speaking before the match, former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer believed the kids deserved to have the first-team manager, who is on holiday amid the Premier League winter break, watching on from the sidelines. We've got Chelsea next and I think a lot of the boys have given the manager a problem to pick a side really.
"You need to have a break because it's so many games it's tough to play three cups, the Champions League, and the Premier League it will be good for the players there". For others, it's football overload - too many games are too time-consuming to follow or people just get bored.
Neco Williams, whose impressive displays at right-back may lead to a first call-up to the Wales squad for the friendlies against Austria and U.S. next month, believes his game has developed thanks to training with the first team.
Of his own captain's speech, Jones added: "Regardless of whether I was captain or not I was always going to get around the lads because they look at me and see me with the seniors every day, so it's only right I get around them".
I think just to stay the same way, really.
"He was genuinely delighted at how the boys performed and I can't thank him enough".