Talented teen can replace Lallana and save Liverpool millions – Aldridge

Former Liverpool favourite John Aldridge has waxed lyrical about the qualities of exciting young midfielder Curtis Jones – and believes his emergence in the Reds first team can save Jurgen Klopp millions in the transfer market.

Jones on Tuesday night became the youngest captain in the club’s history at the age of 19 years and five days when skippered their team of fledglings to a surprise 1-0 win over League One Shrewsbury in an FA Cup fourth-round replay.

Jones has been limited to just seven appearances so far this season, but has caught the eye when given the chance to impress – and Aldridge reckons the teenager has a massive future ahead of him.

“I’ve been watching Curtis for some years now since he was 15. And you could see – very much like Trent Alexander-Arnold – the potential that the lad had,” Aldridge told Sky Sports News.

“He is just a quality footballer with natural ability and a good arrogance. He knows he is good and he does things the right way.

“But the lad can be a star. I’ve always known that and now that he has been given a couple of opportunities by Jurgen Klopp things have come to fruition.”

Jones has been tipped up as a summer transfer target for Blackburn, who would love to take the youngster on loan, but Aldridge reckons he could soon become a regular under Klopp with a place in the squad set to open up and amid claims Adam Lallana will move on at the end of the season.


“It looks like Adam Lallana is leaving at the end of the season after his contract expires. This lad will save the manager a lot of money because he can step right into the squad and you can always depend on him,” Aldridge continued. “He’s got a fantastic future.”

Meanwhile, Steve McManaman has explained why Liverpool won’t buy Jadon Sancho this summer – but does expect Jurgen Klopp to tempt a former favourite back to Anfield.

“Sancho would probably prefer to go somewhere where he will start week-in and week-out and there’s no problem with that,” McManaman said in his column for HorseRacing.net

“The other thing to consider is the cost implications. How much is he going to cost? No doubt, he’s an extremely bright prospect, he’s doing really well in Dortmund, he plays regularly and he’s a star there.

“Whether Liverpool would go for him now, I don’t know and if he was available, he’d command big money. And there a number of clubs that would go for him.

“Jadon could cost £60m – £75m and that’s a lot of money for somebody that young even though he looks a fantastic prospect.  It’s a big outlay for a player and in all honesty Liverpool’s young players are all doing well themselves and Jurgen Klopp seems to want to give them a go. ”

Pundit Rio Ferdinand, meanwhile has listed four players he feels are more worthy than Virgil van Dijk to be named Player of the Year.