Liverpool have produced some exciting talents from the academy down the years. The Reds have brought through legends such as Robbie Fowler and Steven Gerrard whilst the current poster boy for the youth setup is Trent Alexander-Arnold. Another graduate has caught the eye, Kevin Phillips has said Aston Villa should move for Curtis Jones.
Curtis Jones breakthrough
Last season the Reds used Curtis Jones more regularly than we’d initially expected.
The academy graduate ended up making 29 appearances across the Champions League and Premier League.
The season before he started just the one game in the league, making five appearances from the bench.
However, he had thoroughly announced himself when he scored a pearler of a winner against Everton in the FA Cup at Anfield.
This term he is yet to make an appearance due to the emergence of Harvey Elliott as a centre midfield option.
Though, we do expect to see Jones feature in the domestic cups.
Kevin Phillips on Aston Villa and Curtis Jones
The Scouser’s prowess has caught the eye of ex-pro Kevin Phillips.
The former Premier League striker has backed another top flight club to move for the youngster.
Phillips believes that Aston Villa would benefit from signing Curtis Jones.
Speaking to Football Insider, the ex-Sunderland striker said:
“It would be a big coup if [Aston Villa] can get a player like Jones out of that Liverpool side.
“He performed in that team last season so he would be a massive signing for Dean Smith and the supporters.”
Phillips went on to add that Jones has ‘similar attributes to Grealish’, a lofty comparison indeed given the ex-Villa man’s big money move to City.
What RTK has to say
Liverpool won’t be selling Curtis Jones anytime soon.
However, it is pleasant to see the Scouser getting the hype he deserves.
It’s easy to forget just how important he was last year, filling in when we needed him and doing so impressively.
Fingers crossed he’ll continue to develop with sporadic appearances this season before being given more responsibility in the future.