Liverpool can go all-in on Curtis Jones for their midfield going forward. This comes after a series of targets reportedly became unavailable.
Liverpool have a gap in midfield right now. Gini Wijnaldum left the club this summer but he did so as their most dependable midfielder.
Everyone else suffered injury or form issues last season. Wijnaldum, though, just kept ticking along as a certainty. That’s quite a big loss.
And it’s a big loss even before recognising just how good the Dutchman was for Liverpool. He leaves as a legend who contributed to some incredible successes.
Thus one of the primary areas to buy this summer is midfield. Can Liverpool find a player to replace Wijnaldum? On top of that, can they find someone young enough to be a star once the likes of Thiago and Jordan Henderson fade?
Then there’s CalcioMercato claiming Liverpool made contact with Inter over Nicolo Barella. The Italian is one of the most outstanding midfielders around right now.
There have been rumours of a bid for Youri Tielemans over the last few days, too. Though, the Telegraph put those to bed, saying the player is just too expensive.
But what really creates a problem is that the other two are likely off the table, too. That very same CalcioMercato report says Inter told Liverpool no, while FCInterNews says it would at least take a nine-figure fee.
We can apparently rule out Saul on top of that. COPE in Spain believe he’s off to Barcelona in a swap deal with Antoine Griezmann.
So what now?
All-in on Curtis Jones
That’s three fantastic targets almost certainly not coming to Liverpool, then. And that, for us, increases the need to go all-in on Curtis Jones.
The Telegraph reported about a month ago that Liverpool were ready to do just that, pushing Jones as their Wijnaldum replacement.
It’s a move we’ve previously said makes a lot of sense. Jones fits the profile wonderfully – not just in potential but right now. He’s holding his own with the Premier League’s best.
But we think his potential pushes Jones into a whole other level long-term. Liverpool just need to nurture him properly.
Fortunately, the Reds are in a good position to do that. Henderson, Thiago and Fabinho will form the first-choice midfield next year, meaning they don’t actually need a new superstar.
Instead, Liverpool can focus on developing Jones to be that superstar.
If the right player were available, we’d support dipping into the market. But the series of rejections and expensive fees for reported targets makes us believe that player just isn’t there.
So why settle for second best? Put faith in Jones to reach the same level as those targets. We firmly believe he can.