Curtis Jones has given Liverpool a major lift by declaring his intention to remain with the club and reveals the player he looks up to most.
The 19-year-old has declared that working under Jurgen Klopp is the “perfect” place for him to be as he bids to get himself into the first-team squad next season.
Jones has enjoyed a breakthrough season this term and has made eight senior appearances, including four in the Premier League.
The former academy graduate is under contract until 2024 and reports have suggested that Klopp is lining up Jones to replace Adam Lallana in his squad next season. If that proves to be the case then England U19 star Jones will not need to look elsewhere for a loan move or transfer elsewhere; it will also save the club millions in a transfer fee for a replacement.
Jones told Liverpool’s official website: “I think it’s perfect for me.
“I don’t think I’d be as successful under a different type of manager and a different team.
“With his staff, I think for me to be the player that I want to become and I see myself becoming, I think Jurgen, Pep, Pete and the rest of the staff are the perfect ones for me in terms of the belief they have in me, in terms of their philosophy, how they play and even their aims and their goals.
“They want to win so much to make the fans and the people of Liverpool so happy. For me it’s also the same because I come from that, so I understand, so for me it’s absolutely perfect.”
Jones believes his development potential at Anfield is unrivalled and says James Milner has had a huge impact on his career to date.
“Being around the players every day, you pick up different habits, just what they are doing,” added Jones.
“I’ve always said that [James] Milner has been a massive one for me. I first went on the pre-season tour when I was 17 and he was always one that I guess he knew the ability that I had, but other things needed work in terms of the defensive part of my game, positioning and how to react when giving away the ball. He’s always guided me in the right path so I’m grateful for that.
“Another one that’s big for me is Trent [Alexander-Arnold]. He’s basically similar to me in he is a local lad, he comes from a normal background and he’s had to work hard to get into the position that he’s in now.
“We are from the same city and we have the same type of goal in terms of we want to play for this club and we want to achieve stuff to give back to the fans, so Trent is also a big one for me.”