It’s fair to say that Curtis Jones’ future with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool team was becoming increasingly uncertain due to his patchy performances and unforeseen injuries.
After the World Cup break, the 22-year-old is presently content with his current state of affairs.
After all, if Jurgen Klopp’s assessment of the midfielder’s understanding of counter-pressing is any indication, the time he spent in the treatment room may have done him the world of good.
In his post-game press conference, the German told reporters, “You should not forget he is still a young boy and one or two years ago he played super games for us, as well.
“Then he had a difficult period with injuries, it’s true; strange injuries, a finger in the eye, and things like this. He was completely worn out for a long time, but this year was particularly terrible.
He could watch more football, and it appears to be that way.
“I believe his counter-pressing, which is exceptional, and play speed are the areas in which he has made the most progress. He no longer keeps the ball for very long; he does that when necessary, but he makes decisions and does other things like this much more quickly. ”.
What must Liverpool acquire during the summer transfer window?
The goal for the recruitment team this summer must still be to add two midfielders, ideally three given that James Milner will also be letting his contract lapse like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita.
The fact remains that we lack mature midfielders around the age of 24. These players are more reliable for the team than younger players like Stefan Bajcetic.
Last but not least, we are aware that we cannot rely solely on the legs of Thiago Alcantara, Fabinho, or Jordan Henderson if we are to compete in the upcoming season on all fronts.
Curtis Jones, however, is someone to keep an eye on because it’s obvious that the 22-year-old is in it for the long haul.