View: Curtis Jones needs to move on from Liverpool to unlock full potential
Curtis Jones has shown glimpses of real talent during his time at Liverpool but he needs to head for the exit if he is to progress his career.
Whether it be for his stunning wonder strike against Everton or being named as the club’s youngest ever captain, Jones has made some fond memories at Anfield.
But the 21-year-old has quickly fallen out of favour with Jurgen Klopp, and he needs to find a new home that can promise plenty of game time.
During Liverpool’s recent success, Jones seemed to be gradually evolving and improving out of the spotlight, with many fans expecting him to eventually work his way up to be a pivotal member of the squad – and potentially even a future club captain.
After all, he ticks all the boxes. Local lad. Inherited Steven Gerrard’s old No.17. Hard-working, gritty midfielder. But as time has passed, his chances of being a first team mainstay have dwindled.
A shin injury suffered in the last week has hindered Jones from making an impact on Liverpool’s poor start to the campaign, and the Reds now look destined to splash the cash on big name signings in midfield.
Arthur Melo arrived in the summer as an emergency signing to give Klopp extra depth, but Liverpool’s lengthy interest in Jude Bellingham could finally result in a move next summer.
If that move does go ahead – or Liverpool sign any midfielder for that matter – Jones will be left at the bottom of a lengthy list of players and will be lucky to make the starting lineup in cup matches.
If Jones is serious about his career, his best option is to look for a move away from Anfield as quick as possible. Whether it be a loan or a permanent move, he’s done more than enough to warrant interest from Championship or lower table Premier League sides.
Sadly, it’s time for Jones to give up on his dream of reincarnating Gerrard’s legacy at Anfield, and time for him to carve out his own journey elsewhere. Otherwise he could quickly be looking at his lofty potential being washed down the drain.
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