Mark Lawrenson says 21-year-old Liverpool player is far too slow when on the ball
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Mark Lawrenson says 21-year-old Liverpool player is far too slow when on the ball

Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones is guilty of taking too many touches when in possession of the ball.

That’s the view of former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson. Speaking to Off The Ball earlier this week, Lawrenson said Jones hadn’t kicked on enough over the last few years.

“The kids, [Harvey] Elliott, [Fabio] Carvalho for them, it’s too early for them to be playing on a regular basis,” began the pundit.

“Curtis Jones, too many touches when he’s got the opportunity to play. He came on with that goal against Arsenal [Everton] in the FA Cup two or three years ago and he’s not really kicked on, so what do you do?”

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Time to kick on for Curtis

To be fair to Curtis, injuries have gotten in the way of him fully realising his potential at Liverpool so far.

But even when fit, the 21-year-old hasn’t really shown any real signs of development. Not as much as we’d like, anyway. Four years on from his Reds debut, he still feels like a bit-part player.

His role in the team may have evolved more had he not missed big chunks of the last two seasons. Right now though, he’s no closer to being a regular starter than he was back in 2019.

To many, that won’t be a huge problem. Jones is still young. But he’ll be turning twenty-two before January turns to February. In short, he isn’t really all that young anymore.

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Certainly when you consider other players in a similar position in his age category, the Scouser is being left behind.

Jude Bellingham is obviously a freak of nature, in the very best way possible, but he’s lightyears ahead of Jones and is two-and-a-half years younger.

The likes of Pedri and Jamal Musiala are other, younger players who Jones could group himself with. But they also look much more accomplished than the Liverpool man.

Perhaps it’s unfair to compare our No.17 with these burgeoning superstars. He does have the talent to match them though, we’ve seen that in flashes. He does have a tendency to keep the ball a little long and we do need to see that ironed out over time. It’s a big year for him. Heeding some of Lawro’s advice wouldn’t be a bad place to start.

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