This season was always going to be about one word for Liverpool: depth. The Reds decided against extensive investment over the summer with fans decrying the decision, demanding strength in depth. Thankfully, thus far we’ve not struggled. One man showed us how strong our depth is this week. Curtis Jones playing as a holding midfielder is sure to earn him more game time.
Main man to rotation option
Last season saw Curtis Jones really establish himself in the Liverpool side.
The Scouser was always expected to make sporadic appearances last term but he finished with more minutes than anybody had expected.
The injury crisis forced midfielders onto the treatment table or into the centre of defence.
As a result Jones was handed 29 appearances across the league and European Cup.
This term has been very different, however.
The 20-year-old made his first start of the season against Norwich City, having failed to make the lineup for the Reds’ first six games of the campaign.
Curtis Jones versatility vital
This week the Scouser put in a performance sure to win him more game time.
Curtis Jones began the game against Norwich as the deepest of the Reds’ three midfielders.
The Scouser pulled the strings behind Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
It was an unfamiliar role for the youngster who is more accustomed to playing further up the pitch.
The second half saw Tyler Morton take to the field and take on Curtis Jones’ holding role.
This freed up the Scouser to move further up the pitch and he looked dangerous every time he got on the ball.
Over the 87 minutes he was on the pitch the academy graduate demonstrated tremendous versatility.
This versatility should push him up Jürgen Klopp’s pecking order as the games pile up. We’ll be seeing more of Curt before long.