Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones will be considering his future at the club following the arrival of Thiago Alcantara, according to Paul Merson. Jurgen Klopp has not been afraid to trust the youth players coming through the academy.
Trent Alexander-Arnold has been the benchmark for all players breaking through from Melwood into the first-team set up having established himself as one of the world’s best right-backs.
Liverpool have a number of young players on the periphery of the first team with Jones seemingly at the forefront of Klopp’s mind.
He played regular minutes towards the end of last season and has already scored some memorable goals in Liverpool colours.
But Klopp is now well stocked of midfielder following the signing of Thiago last month.
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The Liverpool boss now has seven senior midfielders to choose from when everyone is fit and available.
Both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jordan Henderson are currently out injured, but the Liverpool captain will be expected to return to the starting line-up when he returns while Thiago is currently not involved as he is in self-isolation having tested positive for coronavirus.
Klopp has made it clear that Jones is part of his plans moving forward despite the heavy competition for places.
However, Merson believes the 19-year-old will be considering his future at the club with the transfer window closing on Monday.
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“He is a very good player, but how long do you stay at Liverpool?” Merson said on Sky Sports.
“I don’t see him playing at the moment, I don’t see him getting in the team.
“All of a sudden, Thiago comes in and he’s probably thinking, ‘I’m doing alright at the moment, I’m playing well’, but then Thiago comes in and you think, ‘Where does that leave me?’.
“If push comes to shove, I think Thiago plays more forward in Jones’ position.”
Jones has been in the matchday squad for Liverpool’s three opening Premier League games, coming off the bench in the opening match against Leeds.
But Jamie Redknapp echoed Merson’s assessment that Jones would unlikely find regular minutes at Anfield this season.
“At 19 years of age, this is where he is going to get his games right now,” Redknapp said.
“In terms of midfield players, he’s got all of the attributes, but there does come a time where you wanna play and be in the first-team.
“I mean this in the nicest possible way, but he’s a very lucky man because he’s got great senior players and role-models around him.
“Every day, I bet it’s an education being around James Milner, Jordan Henderson, players that do everything right.
“It’s so easy for young players to get affected by all of the surroundings around you, but he will be training and learning the basics really well.”
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