Curtis Jones will replace Adam Lallana in Liverpool’s first-team squad, according to reports. The teenager is ready to make the step up.

The Mirror claims that Liverpool will reject any loan offers for Jones. The midfielder broke into the first-team scene last season, playing cup games in young sides and making his Premier League debut.

Curtis Jones will be a first-team player next season.

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But this report suggests that next season will see even more. There’s a commitment to promote youth and because of that, Jones will effectively step up to take Lallana’s place in the squad.

The 31-year-old will almost certainly leave Liverpool on a free transfer at the end of his contract. There will be a space in the first-team squad as a result, of course. Rather than signing anyone new, Jurgen Klopp intends to promote Jones.

What RTK has to say

This is something we mentioned back in early February and it’s fantastic to hear it’s happening. Jones is a tremendous young talent and  Lallana is a peripheral figure anyway, so it feels like a perfect fit.

 

Jones can step up and is versatile enough to fill in all over midfield, much like Lallana. But instead of the latter’s experience, Liverpool can develop Jones towards more regular games.

It’s a very promising move and one that makes great sense for the club.

Adam Lallana is expected to leave Liverpool.

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For one thing, it saves millions as Liverpool won’t need to buy a squad player. Instead, they will have an eager, young player who knows exactly how the team plays – for free.

Thus any money they would have spent can go towards other areas. All in all, this is a fantastic idea.

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