By Jonty Banks

17th Nov, 2022 | 6:30pm

Confirmed: Liverpool agree new long-term contract with midfielder Curtis Jones

Curtis Jones has signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp continues to back the midfielder’s development at the club.

The 21-year-old’s current deal ran out in the summer of 2025, but this has been replaced with new terms that keep him at the club till 2027.

The midfielder has been at Liverpool since under-nine level but has suffered a frustrating season so far – appearing just seven times for Klopp’s men and failing to make a notable impact in the process.

Speaking to Liverpool’s official club site, Jones said: “First of all, I want to thank the coaching staff for having the belief in me as always, for giving me the chance, and of course for me, I’m over the moon, I’m buzzing. It was an easy thing (to decide). 

“It’s my boyhood club, I’m a Scouser, I’ve supported the club for the whole of my life. I think if I was at a different club as well, my goal and aim and dream would always be to come here and play. But I’m here now, I’ve been here since I was six, I’ve gone all the way through. 

“I’ve supported the team for the whole of my life and especially now with how the team is and the coaching staff around me, I just feel that it’s the perfect place for me and again, as I said, I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita out of contract in the summer and unlikely to stay at the club, Jones is expected to be a mainstay in The Reds’ midfield for years to come. 

The terms offered to Jones show Liverpool’s continued effort to future-proof their midfield, with Harvey Elliot penning a new deal in August and the club having been linked with Borussia Dortmund’s sensation Jude Bellingham.

Eye on the future

The extension of Jones’ contract is potentially a sign of Liverpool’s long-term vision coming to the fore. 

With an ever-so-slightly ageing squad struggling with the demands of fixture congestion this season, the capture of the 21-year-old’s services may prove to be a brilliant piece of business. 

The midfielder undoubtedly has an abundance of talent, as shown by the number of spectacular goals scored for the first team, and although he hasn’t been at his best this season, Klopp has a proven track record of nurturing young talent. 

A Liverpool midfield of Jones, Elliot and Fabio Carvalho is an exciting prospect for fans, and the trio will transition in for 36-year-old James Milner and Jordan Henderson, among others. 

The acquisition of 17-year-old Ben Doak on a three-year deal suggests that Liverpool are a club with a firm eye on the future, and keeping the home-grown Jones at the club is a significant moment. 

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