Curtis Jones is reportedly on the radar of England Under 21s – an international call-up would be the ideal next step.
Jones has caught fire this season. His highlight was the sensational winner against Everton at Anfield, of course. But it’s more than that.
His leadership qualities are there to see, even in senior games. He became Liverpool’s youngest ever captain this week, after all.
Jones looks ready for first-team football and may well get it regularly next season. As for now, he just needs experience where he can get it.
And so Liverpool should welcome the reports that England Under 21s are looking at him, such as the Daily Mail’s. That seems like the next logical next step in his development.
Jones has thus far made it up to Under 19 level. He’s better than that, though, and the U21s should be his level going forward.
It would be a huge benefit. Suddenly, he can play among Premier League players but not at a level significantly below them. Less catchup and more asserting himself, then, something he needs to learn to do at a high level.
That’s obviously much harder to do in a Liverpool side where everyone is playing at such a high level.
But steady progress is still progress and arguably a better way to bring players through. Thus U21 level being so good for Jones.
Liverpool will want to see the Scouser push on and become a top player over the next few years. And Jones has a higher chance of achieving just that if he’s playing at an international level.