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Missing £20m man would hand Curtis Jones his biggest challenge so far

Curtis Jones could face the biggest challenge of his career on Sunday. That’s if Liverpool are without one star in particular.

Curtis Jones should prepare himself for the toughest challenge yet. He may well have to face Leicester City on Sunday – the current Premier League leaders.

That’s because Jordan Henderson may not play in the game. The captain picked up an injury playing for England against Belgium and is now doubtful.

The Mirror claims Liverpool hope he’ll be fit. That’s encouraging but far from a guarantee. There’s a good chance, then, that Henderson will be on the Reds’ extensive injury list for the game.

And that could well thrust Jones into the starting XI. We don’t expect Thiago to be fit, while Fabinho will surely play at centre-half. That leaves Gini Wijnaldum, Naby Keita and Jones.

Wijnaldum seems like a certainty, while we believe Jones is above Keita in the pecking order.

Thus the Scouser could be in line for the biggest game of his career so far.

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Jones has played some tough games in his career. He started away at Ajax and Atalanta, while also making the XI against West Ham United at Anfield.

He performed well, too, particularly against Atalanta in Bergamo. That was a standout performance and, hopefully, a sign of things to come.

But this game against Leicester would be a huge one. They’re a very good side, playing well, in a game Liverpool will need to win.

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And this is a subpar Liverpool team that lacks several key players. That’ll ask more than usual of everyone involved. The expectations remain but the team doesn’t.

So if Jones does play, he faces a huge test. If he passes it, he could well find himself in a solid role as a squad player for the rest of the campaign.

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