'People asked me 100 times': Klopp shares Curtis Jones question he was constantly quizzed about
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has explained why he refused to send Curtis Jones out on loan in the summer transfer window.
The 20-year-old is arguably Liverpool’s finest young talent. Every Reds fan knew how good he was before the start of this season, but most rival supporters and pundits didn’t really think he was ready to be a regular for the club.
Klopp was urged by many to send Jones out on loan. A number of people believed that a year playing regular football elsewhere would’ve helped him a lot. However, the Liverpool boss was adamant that the 20-year-old was going nowhere.
The German has claimed that people asked him the same question ‘a hundred times,’ but his stance never changed. He has now explained why.
Klopp: Why Curtis Jones wasn’t loaned out
The Liverpool boss told Sky Sports: “He was the full package against Porto, offensively and defensively. Yes, he’s in a good moment. People have asked me a hundred times, ‘Can he go on loan? What about going there to get more match practice?’ No, let him be here.
“That’s the good thing about being really committed to the club as a young boy. He will maybe not have 30, 40 games a season at 18 or 19 but he can still learn so much. I didn’t want to let him go to play maybe 30 games in League One. I wanted him here so that he learns our football. And that’s what he did.
“You can learn that off-the-ball work when you stay here because we insist so much on it. For a No. 10 who, for all his youth was involved always on the ball, to get that into your DNA is not easy. It needs time.
“It’s our job to give him all the information we can about the game – offensive, defensive – but when you are around the first team at 17, you have more time to absorb it. I’m really happy we’re now seeing the results on the pitch.”
Should Jones start against Manchester City?
Jones has probably had the best week of his professional career. The youngster scored a stunner against Brentford last weekend, before impressing everyone by picking up a couple of assists against Porto in the Champions League midweek.
If just recent performances are anything to go by, Jones deserves to keep his place. He has done enough to warrant a start against the defending Premier League champions, and it won’t be a surprise to see Klopp stick by him.
If he does get the nod on Sunday and if he impresses again, people will have to start giving him the credit he deserves.