Curtis Jones may have just one season to prove Liverpool don’t need Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Gio Reyna. The Reds like the player, according to reports.
Jurgen Klopp is interested in bringing Gio Reyna to Liverpool. That’s according to Bild, who say the American is attracting plenty of interest.
That’s completely understandable, too. He’s 17 and playing for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga. He’s scoring and assisting goals and looking like a true wonderkid.
And that might worry Curtis Jones. The two players are very similar and Liverpool may not have room for them both.
Two similar players
We’re talking about two teenagers, here, who both play attacking midfield. Each can drop a little deeper, though, while both have a history of playing from the left, too.
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Each player has broken into their respective first-team squad over the last year. And both have impressed.
There are a couple of differences, of course. For one, Reyna is nearly two years younger than Jones. But on the other hand, Jones has a harder time getting into the first team.
Dortmund are good and have a very impressive young team. There are several players who could become truly elite in their respective positions. It’s still a young team, though, and one built around players like Reyna breaking in.
Liverpool, on the other hand, are arguably the best team in the world. Jones has done very well simply getting into it.
So each have their positives and both look fantastic. But as they’re so similar in position, it makes little sense to try and develop both at once. The Reds would have to decide which is worth their time.
The question for Liverpool, then, is who do you take a chance on?
The answer to that is actually very simple – Jones. He’s Scouse, he loves the club, and he’s already here. Not only that, but Jones appears to fit the style brilliantly and looks destined for great things.
This will be his first full season with the senior side, though. It’s the true test. He might look good in bursts as a youth player but as a senior footballer, he’s still unproven.
Reyna is busy proving himself at just 17, though. And if Jones has a poor season, Liverpool may be very tempted to move for the American. That’s the harsh reality of elite-level football, even for teenagers.
But the ball is firmly in Jones’s court. If he simply shows he can handle the pressure and expectation of a title-challenging team, then there’s no need for Reyna and Jones has an extraordinarily bright future with Liverpool.