Liverpool have a proud history of Scousers in the team. The club’s greatest ever player, Steven Gerrard, was a local lad. The current crop has Trent Alexander-Arnold pulling the strings from right back whilst another Scouser fights to break into the midfield. Curtis Jones starting against Chelsea could be a pivotal moment for the youngster’s development.
A breakthrough season
Curtis Jones has made regular cup appearances this season as well as his Premier League debut. The 19-year-old has impressed in the cups in what has been his breakthrough campaign.
The Scouser has been particularly impressive in the FA Cup. Jones scored twice in the competition this season, most memorably netting the winner against Everton at Anfield in January.
In the closing stages of the season we have seen more of the youngster in the Premier League, he netted his first league goal after coming off the bench against Aston Villa.
Great shirt number, great responsibility
The number 17 shirt at Anfield is famous for being the number Steven Gerrard worn when he first broke into the first team.
Curtis Jones has recently been handed the shirt for the 2020/21 season, indicating just how highly his potential is rated by the coaches at Anfield.
The decision to hand Jones the number 17 shirt confirms that the Scouser is expected to take on an even more central role within the first team next season.
A pivotal moment?
Big game experience is crucial to forming a big time player, Curtis Jones starting against Chelsea on Wednesday could be a pivotal moment in his development.
Jürgen Klopp has shown in the past that he is unafraid to toss his youngsters in at the deep end: one of the first major glimpses we got of Trent Alexander-Arnold was when the boss started him at Old Trafford.
There is a downright hatred between Liverpool and Chelsea and Curtis Jones will feel this hatred towards Chelsea as much as anyone.
The title is wrapped up, there’s nothing else to play for – why not start Curtis Jones against Chelsea and give him an experience that could be vital to him stepping up next season?