Liverpool have a triple injury concern in midfield ahead of facing Brentford this weekend. Once again, it brings their 20-year-old prospect into contention.
Jurgen Klopp confirmed on Thursday that Liverpool have further issues in midfield. Harvey Elliott is out long-term, of course, already leaving them a little short.
But now both Naby Keita and Thiago are likely out of the Brentford game on Saturday. Thiago certainly won’t play, says Klopp (“No chance”) while his teammate is very unlikely to feature either.
At least one of the pair has started four out of their five Premier League fixtures so far this season. Liverpool, then, are lacking in numbers.
And that brings back the feeling of last season where the Reds were consistently light all over the pitch. And once again, it likely means putting Curtis Jones in the spotlight.
Triple injury concern
Jones started last season with a small role as a squad player. By Christmas, he was a key part of the XI. Injuries put him into the side and the Scouser consistently delivered.
And it sounds as though Liverpool will rely on him to do the same right now. The squad is without three key midfielders, with another – James Milner – recovering from illness as well.
And there’s an extra consideration – Porto next week. We can’t imagine Klopp will want both Jordan Henderson and Fabinho playing the full 90 minutes against Brentford and then doing the same in the Champions League.
Jones, then, is surely the answer. We’ve been hugely impressed with the 20-year-old this week. He’s played three different roles against three teams, looking solid in each.
That’s a special talent on top of his natural ability with the ball and it’s one that Liverpool can use this season. But right now, he’s needed in his preferred midfield role.
And perhaps we can see further development and injuries open the door once again for Jones. Last season he used the opportunity to fit in and prove he belongs.
This time, perhaps he can use it to prove he’s got the ability to be a key player right now. The spotlight is back on Jones – let’s see what he can do.