Curtis Jones has targeted 10 goals and 10 assists this season and he aims to play “game after game” for Liverpool as he bids to establish himself at Anfield.
The 21-year-old, by his own admission, is not a youngster any more and he is ready to try and make his mark under Jurgen Klopp. Jones has made 45 Premier League appearances for Liverpool, scoring three goals and claiming three assists.
An eye injury derailed his season before Christmas and he failed to get a run of games after that.
He made 27 appearances in all competitions, scoring just once, but Jones is ready to step up.
Jones told LFC TV: “It’s been a great camp, it’s been hot, intense and that’s what we need. Now we’re fit, so we finish with the game here.
“I’d say in terms of a personal note, I think this is the sharpest I’ve been. There’s been times when I’ve been doing loads and loads of runs and at times you forget about a ball but when I was off, the balance was right and I am showing it now.
“Going into a new season where all the teams are good, we play in the Premier League which is seen as the biggest in the world, the Champions League, the FA Cup, the Carabao Cup, the games are always hard but this is what we need.
Curtis Jones: ‘I am capable of being a standout’
“I could go on for so long. I’d like to play game after game but now it is time now to start to show the ability and talent I’ve got. I’m not a young kid anymore. I wouldn’t say I am experienced. But I’ve had games in Champions League and Premier League and there’s been games I’ve shown I am capable of being a standout.
“For me I’d like to go for 10 goals and 10 assists. I’ve said it before, I don’t see it as rivalries. It’s healthy competition and the whole team is good but so am I so I’ll show that this season.”
The central midfielder though has plenty of competition and new arrival Fabio Carvalho will only intensify that. Jones knows it’s more “competition” but has claimed it’s a “friendly” rivalry.
Still Jones has Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Naby Keita, Thiago, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain vying for roles in the middle. Whether the Liverpool-born player will get the game time to deliver 20 goal contributions is debatable.
But he was handed a start in the friendly against Salzburg in Austria. With Klopp winding up preparations ahead of Saturday’s Community Shield clash with Man City.