Liverpool have had a torrid season. The Reds were expected to continue their all conquering charge to the top this term but injuries have derailed the title defence. Recent months have seen the side slide down the table thanks to some forgetful performances. It’s time for Jürgen Klopp to put Curtis Jones back in the Liverpool starting lineup.
Liverpool looking limp
This season has been a struggle for Liverpool throughout.
However, for a time it looked as though the Reds would just about have enough to retain the title.
We were once again top at Christmas, wrestling first place from Spurs with a dramatic late winner.
Thereafter the Reds have been utterly rubbish, barring a 7-0 thumping of Crystal Palace and a few bright performances here and there.
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By and large Liverpool have looked fatigued and out of ideas, the intensity has gone.
The forwards are missing gluts of golden chances, the midfield isn’t pressuring the ball enough and the defence is often at sixes and sevens.
Attitude altogether has been questionable with the team once labeled mentality monsters now branded mentality midgets.
Mentality midgets is the only way to describe a side which concedes two late equalisers in one week.
Curtis Jones season for Liverpool
This term has seen Curtis Jones brought to the fore for Liverpool.
The Scouser made sporadic appearances last season, given frequent opportunities from the bench towards the end of the campaign.
This season has seen him take on more responsibility with the injury crisis giving the youngster more chances.
With Fabinho dragged into the back four and Thiago, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita injured, we saw the Scouser making frequent appearances in the first half of the season.
In total the 20-year-old has made 12 starts and nine sub showings in the Premier League along with five starts in the Champions League.
Since the return to fitness of Thiago, along with the return to the midfield of Fabinho and Jordan Henderson, we’ve seen less and less of Curtis Jones.
Jones has missed three games this month due to injury. However, this doesn’t explain why his last start came at the start of March against Chelsea, the game before that he netted in an away win at Sheffield United.
Given how disappointing the Reds have been in recent weeks it is time for Curtis Jones to be reintroduced to the side.
Gini Wijnaldum is off in the summer, we may as well prioritise Jones’ development.
If the others have failed then why not shake things up and put faith in a youngster who has so often impressed us this season?