Report: Leeds wanted £7,500k-a-week Liverpool man this summer, but were told to get lost
According to Goal, Leeds contacted Liverpool to ask about Curtis Jones over the summer, although discussions didn’t last that long at all.
What’s the story?
Well, Goal believe Victor Orta – Sporting Director at Leeds – phoned Liverpool to enquire about taking Jones on loan.
However, Orta was given ‘short shrift’ by the Reds, who see the £7,500-a-week midfielder as a firm part of Jürgen Klopp’s plans.
For what it’s worth, short shrift is described as a ‘rapid and unsympathetic dismissal’ – Liverpool clearly weren’t interested in entertaining the conversation.
The 20-year-old is yet to play this season, and wasn’t on the bench for Liverpool’s games against Norwich and Chelsea.
Jones was, however, named among the substitutes in the 2-0 win over Burnley, although he didn’t feature.
Liverpool should’ve let Leeds have Curtis Jones
In our view, Liverpool should’ve sent Jones to Elland Road on a season-long loan.
With Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita, Fabinho, Thiago, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Harvey Elliott all part of Klopp’s midfield options, Jones will struggle for game time.
After last season’s injury crisis, we understand why Klopp wanted to keep Jones.
However, a season under a coach like Marcelo Bielsa, in a high-intensity system similar to Liverpool’s, surely would’ve been beneficial for Jones.
Nevertheless, the Reds clearly have plans for their academy graduate this season.
Hopefully, Jones sees plenty of game time, or Liverpool’s decision to fend off Leeds so assertively will look even more baffling.