Curtis Jones can establish himself as an even more reliable first-team Liverpool option with a step up next season, one pundit has said.
The midfielder has broken through the Reds’ academy system to become a key feature in Jurgen Klopp’s team. He has had standout moments in the team, such as his 2020 FA Cup winner against Everton.
Jones subsequently earned a new long-term Liverpool contract in July 2020. And since then, he has stepped up with some strong performances.
After recovering from an eye injury and coronavirus last season, Jones got back in the Liverpool mix. But as their quadruple hunt entered its final stages, the 21-year-old often found himself an unused substitute.
Nevertheless, with his birthday coming up in January and a long-term contract, former goalkeeper Paul Robinson backed Jones to enjoy a strong 2022/23 campaign.
“It is the right decision to keep him,” the pundit told Football Insider after reports from Goal reiterated Liverpool’s faith in Jones.
“Whether that is the best decision for the player or not only time will tell.
“It is quite clear that Liverpool are not going to sign any more midfielders in this window so I’d expect him to get more game time next season.
“It is now more of a squad game than ever. Jones will get his game time and his opportunity. He is a player who the manager likes.
“It would take a sizeable fee to turn Liverpool’s head. It doesn’t look like another midfielder is coming in so why would you sell one of your best young players who plays in that position.
“I expect Jones to start more games than he ever has done. He has an opportunity to show the manager what he can do this year.”
Curtis Jones can be Liverpool midfield solution
Amid talk of Liverpool signing Jude Bellingham next season, Jones can be another solution to their midfield dilemma, this time a homegrown one.
Jones in one of two distinct cohorts of Liverpool midfielders. There are the more experienced stars such as Jordan Henderson, Thiago Alcantara, Fabinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita.
Jones is in the other group of younger midfielders at Anfield alongside Harvey Elliott, Tyler Morton and new signing Fabio Carvalho.
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Klopp revealed an in-depth chat with Jones last season in which the pair spoke of how the player can take his game to the next level.
England Under-21s boss Lee Carsley has also spoken highly of Jones’ ability.
Amid talk of Bellingham moving to Anfield, Jones must take next season by the scruff of the neck and try to really establish himself at the forefront of Klopp’s Liverpool plan.