Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy believes Curtis Jones could end up stopping the Reds from spending big in the next transfer window.
The youngster was handed a first Premier League start by Jurgen Klopp in the 1-1 draw with Burnley on Saturday.
Jones was deployed in a three-man midfield along with Fabinho and Gini Wijnaldum, and caught the eye for the Premier League champions despite the frustrating result.
He was substituted off in the second half, but made a big enough impression to draw praise from Match of the Day pundit Murphy, who said of the teenager (quoted by The Liverpool Echo): “Really impressed with Curtis Jones.
“He plays in midfield, he’s going to score goals. He gets in there, times his runs beautifully, he’s comfortable with both feet and knows when to pass and when to dribble.
“He’s got creativity and an end product. It wasn’t quite his perfect day but he was a bit unlucky as it was his first Premier League start, let’s not forget.
“He showed all of the bits of quality you need to play at this level.
“It was a terrific debut for him and he’s going to save Liverpool some money in the market, that’s for sure.”
TBR’s View – A big few weeks for Jones
With Jordan Henderson now out injured, there is potential for Jones to prove himself further.
He looked comfortable enough playing centrally, and he therefore has the chance to show the club there is no need to splash out on a new central midfielder, with Thiago Alcantara the name on everyone’s lips at the moment.
With nothing at stake now, Jones will be hoping to play as much as possible, and Klopp should be looking to trying and involve him at every opportunity.
That said, there is competition in the form of Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain so he’ll have to make sure he is absolutely on it in training.