Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones appear to be full-time replacements for a title-winning duo. The Liverpool youngsters have bright futures.
Liverpool look set to invest in Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones. These two could well be the Reds’ long-term future.
We recently had the Liverpool Echo’s Ian Doyle explaining how Elliott will be a first-team player next season.
“I fully expect that next season he will be back at Liverpool and challenging for a first-team place,” Doyle told the Echo’s Blood Red podcast, before adding:
“He will initially be support to Mohamed Salah.”
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And as we wrote recently, that can’t leave room for Xherdan Shaqiri. He’s not going to have a spot if Elliott is covering Salah.
Liverpool wouldn’t want him to, either. It makes no sense for them to keep Elliott about and then split his minutes with someone.
He’s such a fantastic talent that he needs to get games in order to develop. There can be no messing about with his development.
As for Jones, he’s already in the first-team picture and likely will be for a very long time. It appears Liverpool are ready to commit in that direction, too.
“[There are] some huge decisions to make this summer,” James Pearce told the Athletic’s Red Agenda’ podcast. “I think Origi will go and then you look at question marks obviously over [Xherdan] Shaqiri, over [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain.”
Those question marks over Oxlade-Chamberlain exist because of Jones. He’s taken the spot as the ball-carrying, direct midfielder.
Oxlade-Chamberlain once had that unique role to himself. Not anymore, though. Jones is a superstar in waiting and that role is his.
And so Liverpool could well move on two title-winners in Shaqiri and Oxlade-Chamberlain. They’re able to do that risk-free, too, thanks to Elliott and Jones.
They’re ready to become Liverpool’s present, as well as their future.