View: Curtis Jones must overcome injury issues to make new Liverpool deal worthwhile
Curtis Jones signed his new deal at Liverpool on Thursday (17 November) which will see him remain at the club for the foreseeable future.
The 21-year-old has been rewarded for his perseverance at Anfield to have not let injuries get him down and prohibit his progress into Jurgen Klopp’s senior team.
He had his breakout season in 2020/21 where he made 24 appearances but that dropped considerably to 15 last season and he’s only made four in the Premier League this campaign.
Worryingly for Jones, though, he has been plagued with injuries in the past 18 months which could have spelt disaster for his Liverpool career.
All of the listed injuries on Flashscore are only minor ones but they all disrupt any momentum he might be gaining from a run in the team and allow somebody else to have the chance to take his spot.
Jones will know that he has a superb chance to cement his place in the Reds midfield for this season and beyond with Naby Keita set to leave on a free transfer and injuries also plaguing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Thiago Alcantara.
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He has to try his best to avoid these constant niggles and subsequent missed matches because he has the talent to be a genuine star at Anfield given enough time to thrive and he could then propel himself into the England squad too.
Jones did play the full game against Nottingham Forest when Steve Cooper’s side won 1-0 but he has not played 90 minutes since then which is not good for his development.
It might even be worth him finding a loan move in January where he can hopefully get a regular spot in a starting XI and get his trajectory back on track.