Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool squad is full of a number of talented players, which is why it will always be disappointing to read headlines about potential departures from Anfield, especially when many will feel that the individual mentioned has a bright future and can bring a lot to the team.
Curtis Jones is certainly one of those players who appears to have the world at his feet when it comes down to playing football, although it would seem that could be away from the club that he began his professional career with.
A report in The Sun has claimed that Aston Villa could be about to try and test Liverpool’s resolve over the young midfielder, with rumours suggesting that they could be about to stump up £15 million for his signature.
Jurgen Klopp is known to “love” the boy and what he brings to the team, however it has been suggested that Jones is unhappy with his role and playing time in the team, especially as he has seen Harvey Elliot get more of a chance to play this season.
Whilst he missed the opening Premier League fixture against Norwich City to concussion protocols that are now in place, he was an unused substitute in the match against Burnley whilst he did not make the matchday squad for the game against Chelsea at the weekend, with many likely to have been keeping tabs on the live score as the fixture was being played out.
Under contract until 2025, there will be no pressure for the Reds to sell him this summer, but the club may have to try and convince him that his boyhood club is the place for him to be and where he will be able to play regular football.
Jones managed to acquire a taste for regular first-team football across the last two seasons, as he managed to play enough games to win himself a Premier League winner’s medal in 2019/20, whilst he made a total of 34 appearances across all competitions last season.
He would have hoped to have been a natural successor for Georginio Wijandlum who left for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, but that simply has not materialised for him.
Klopp certainly will not let him go without a fight, though, as in March, the German said the England U21 international had ‘exceptional’ potential and when asked about his midfielder last week, he said Jones ‘can make the next step’ for The Reds moving forwards.