Liverpool take on Manchester United this weekend. It is a fixture that makes heroes of fringe players, villains of fan favourites and legends of youngsters. If we are beating the Red Devils comfortably, Jürgen Klopp should bring on Curtis Jones to face Manchester United.
We have seen youngsters make their name in this fixture before. Anthony Martial announced himself to the Premier League when he scored a debut goal against The Reds in 2015.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was thrust into the starting lineup against Manchester United in January 2017 and the Scouser hasn’t looked back since.
Playing in this historic fixture is a rite of passage for any youngster from either academy hoping to make it at their club.
At the minute Kopites are salivating at the potential of Curtis Jones. The 18-year-old Scouser has made a name for himself at Anfield with a decisive spot kick against Arsenal and a wonder (winning) goal against Everton in the FA Cup.
With the teenager destined for great things at the club, playing against the old enemy is a vital step in his development. If we have a comfortable lead on Sunday, Klopp should bring on Curtis Jones to face Manchester United.
The young lad will have been dreaming of playing against his arch rivals, the experience will be a crucial experience for him going forward.
We have seen that Jones has the mentality to play in these big games – he ran the show against The Ev at the start of the month, he is more than capable of making his mark in this fixture too.
However, we must stress that it would be a reckless risk to start the youngster from the off. He should get the last 20 or so if the game is out of sight.