Curtis Jones can be the midfielder Liverpool have wanted for two years. The teenager started his first Premier League game against Burnley on Saturday.
Jones didn’t play the full 90 minutes and he didn’t manage to produce a goal or assist against Burnley. He did, however, show how key he can be for Liverpool.
The 19-year-old played as the more attacking midfielder in a three, whose job it was to push on, get in the box and link up with the forwards.
Jones did all of that wonderfully – he looked like a proper attacking midfielder. And while he didn’t find the net, he consistently got into positions to work shots.
So make no mistake – Jones can be a goal-scoring midfielder for Liverpool. He only needs to develop a little further before he’s a fantastic threat.
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But that’s really just a result of Jones’ best asset – his confidence. Jones constantly shows for the ball and tries difficult passes in the final third. He’s happy to try tricks and flicks, as well as taking on responsibility.
All that for an inexperienced 19-year-old midfielder.
Saving the club money
The truly great thing here is that Liverpool have wanted this type of midfielder. We’ve seen reports for years about moves for attacking midfielders but they never come to fruition.
They were incredibly close to signing Nabil Fekir in 2018, for one. Liverpool pulled out of a deal at the ’11th hour’, says the Echo, but certainly wanted the Frenchman.
And that desire to bring in an attacking midfielder has remained. The Independent said back in February that Liverpool wanted Kai Havertz but couldn’t quite justify a fee.
Then the Mirror claims that the Reds wanted Houssem Aouar this summer. The economic collapse scuppered that one, of course.
These are expensive players. Aouar would have cost around £50m, says David Maddock, and the hope now is that Jones can save Liverpool that money.
No, he’s not as good as they are right now. The Scouser has some developing to do. But with the current team so good, Liverpool can afford to wait a little for a player who does look like something special.