‘Not 100% happy’ – Jurgen Klopp details talks over Curtis Jones future at Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp has revealed holding talks with Curtis Jones as he urged the Liverpool youngster to take the next step in his development.
Jones has endured a difficult campaign having missed the start through concussion, then been absent for two months with an eye issue before later contracting COVID.
The 20-year-old has been restricted to just 12 appearances but played the 90 minutes against Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup last weekend and was impressive off the bench in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at home to Arsenal on Thursday.
Jones will hope for another opportunity in the Premier League visit on Sunday of Brentford, against whom the midfielder scored his only goal of the season in the 3-3 draw in London back in September.
And Klopp is convinced there should be more to come from the England under-21 international.
“I had a long talk last week with Curtis,” said the Reds boss. “I love the boy and love the potential he has, but he has to now really make the next steps and fulfils the potential he has on the pitch very often.
“You have these type of conversations when you are not 100% happy with the moment.
“He is young, very young. But how I see it, his potential is incredible. We both together have to find a way to show that much more often.
“We are really in this development. It’s an ongoing process with Curtis and me.
“I know he had a tricky time by being out for a long time with an eye problem and then after that with COVID. That’s not helpful.
“But now we try to make sure that he gets rhythm and show how good he can actually be.”
Jones, who turns 21 at the end of the month, has already made 59 appearances for Liverpool and claimed a Premier League winners’ medal in 2020.
While having spent much of his senior career in midfield, Jones has appeared on the left of the front three in his last two outings.
And Klopp said: “He can play in different positions in different ways.
“Against Arsenal when we brought him on we wanted him to dribble, to be there in the tight areas to change the way they had to defend us.
“We needed a different dynamic and dimension in the game and that’s why we brought him on exactly in that way.
“But he cannot only play in that position, he can play as an eight as well and he has already done really well for us.”