Liverpool face Chelsea on Tuesday in the FA Cup and Curtis Jones deserves a start. Here are three reasons why.
Simply put, Jones has been the standout performer in the FA Cup so far. It’s a strange situation, of course, seeing as Liverpool are yet to put out their first-team.
But Jones bagged the winner against Everton in the 3rd Round. He then got the opener against Shrewsbury in the Fourth Round. That should be enough to let him continue in the side. He’s a huge reason Liverpool are still there, after all.
Liverpool have a small midfield injury problem. Jordan Henderson is out, as well as Naby Keita, while James Milner is only just back from injury.
And seeing as Liverpool played three days prior, there will be tired legs for the players who aren’t injured. That provides a chance for Jones against Chelsea.
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There’s a spot in midfield for anyone able to take it. Henderson’s injury, coupled with a need for an attacking midfield, opened up that spot against Atletico Madrid next week.
Neither Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or Keita have made it theirs. That does open up the door – even just a tiny amount – for Jones to take it.
It’s unlikely, but if he did step up and show real attacking threat against Chelsea, Liverpool would have to consider him for that Champions League game. And for that reason, it’s worth taking a proper look at him.