A number of Liverpool fans have urged Jurgen Klopp to give Curtis Jones more first-team game time amid reports claiming he’ll replace Adam Lallana next season.
The 19-year-old midfielder has come through the ranks at Anfield and has come a very long way in the last two years, culminating in a great 2020 for him so far.
This year, the young maestro scored Liverpool’s winning goal against Merseyside rivals Everton in the FA Cup third round.
Jones also became the Reds’ youngest ever captain in the FA Cup fourth-round replay against Shrewsbury.
And according to The Times on Friday, Klopp will promote the prodigious graduate next term instead of signing a replacement for the departing Lallana.
The report adds that the Liverpool manager and his coaching staff are planning to give Jones a lot more opportunities in the first team.
While this is superb news all round, some Reds fans believe that, with the Premier League title wrapped up, now would be as good a time as ever to give him first-team chances.
Here is some of the social media reaction to the report in The Times:
Henderson, Fabinho and Jones midfield vs City. We’ve won the league, Fernandinho won’t play so their midfield is weak. Let the boy go out there and play among the best players in the league. We got 5 subs. If he’s not doing good take him off at half time
— Ashvin (@El_Pistoleroooo) June 27, 2020
If that is the case needs to be used a lot more for the remaining part of the season
— John O Sullivan (@Corballyred) June 27, 2020
I’m so happy. I love this. He is the future. Curtis is my man. I believe in him and I know he’ll do a fantastic job.
The succession planning of Klopp is spectacular
— 6ene & 9teen (@ElReyNino) June 27, 2020
Great news ?? hope to see him given some chances this season now the league is all wrapped up. Jones, Ox, Keita, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Fabinho & Milner all quality & plenty options
— RossAC1984 (@Ac1984Ross) June 27, 2020
— qayyum (@qyyumazhar) June 27, 2020
Excellent player deserves his chance at the big time
— roysie55 (@roysie55) June 27, 2020
yeah thats actually a good move
— Joe??????? (@MightyElliott) June 27, 2020
I think you mean Curtis Jones has decided he will replace Adam Lallana in the squad.
— Richard Thorneycroft (@RadRichTea) June 27, 2020
Earlier this year, Goal.com recognised Jones’ talent and potential by naming him at number 27 in their NxGn 2020 list.
“There were never any doubts about Curtis Jones’ ability at Liverpool,” wrote the outlet.
“The only concerns were over whether the midfielder, whom Jurgen Klopp describes as an “unbelievable player”, had the requisite patience to wait for his time to shine.
“The 19-year-old has improved immeasurably in that regard over the past year and is now reaping the rewards.
“This season alone, he has captained his boyhood club, and scored the decisive spot-kick in a Carabao Cup clash with Arsenal, as well as the winner in a Merseyside derby.”