Curtis Jones will step up into the Liverpool first team as a replacement for Adam Lallana, according to reports. He’s not the only teenager to make the jump, either.
This comes from The Times, who believe Liverpool will look internally to improve their squad this summer. That means promotions for certain teenagers.
Jones gets the headline role, however. Lallana will leave the club in the summer, six years after his £25m arrival, and the 19-year-old will take up his place in the squad.
The alternative, of course, is to sign someone new. Liverpool have two reasons against that idea, though. Firstly, they don’t want to spend money in the current climate.
The other side of it is that Jurgen Klopp and co. simply prefer to develop players. That leaves them less inclined to move for players when there is talent within the club.
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Further proof of that is the others who should move up. Neco Williams and Harvey Elliott and apparently set for first-team roles, presumably as cover.
It’s also worth noting that The Times aren’t the first to make this claim. The Mirror said in April that this was the plan, meaning we now have two reliable sources claiming it.
What RTK has to say
It’s a smart move and one we welcome, having said in February that we hoped things would play out this way. Lallana’s role in the squad is a fairly limited one anyway and Jones should be capable of performing in it.
And if he can’t now, then the experience would help him get there. He’s a very talented player who needs time both time and faith to develop. Lallana moving on gives his replacement the opportunity to get that.
Signing someone new would be a risk anyway and a fairly pointless one. No reasonably-priced player will give you much more guarantee than Jones. And in the current climate, why bother taking that risk?
You always want to see players develop through the club – particularly local players – and Jones is excellently placed to do just that.