Curtis Jones is relishing his role as a senior player in a new-look Liverpool side.
The Liverpool midfielder became a key figure of Jurgen Klopp’s team toward the end of last season and has continued to be a first-team regular when available. An influx of summer signings in his position led to questions over Jones’ place in the pecking order. But the 22-year-old has featured nine times so far this season, despite a disrupted start to the campaign.
Jones reached 100 appearances for the club in the Reds' win over Wolves in September with his experience proving increasingly valuable as Klopp continues to overhaul his side. Reflecting on his importance to the squad, England Under-21 international believes he has proved his worth to the Liverpool boss.
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Speaking on the We are Liverpool podcast, Jones said: “I feel I’m at a point now where he [Klopp] understands, ‘okay, we can bring him on if the team is getting beat because we know he can pop up with a goal or he can create something, or he can start in a big game because we know what we’ll get from him is going to be hard work, he will go and press, he won’t hide if the other team is on top, he will want the ball still, he’s not scared’.
“So, I feel like I’ve gained his trust. But I’ve still got a long way to go. I’m on 100 games but I feel it’s just the beginning and I want to just carry on and hold the form and keep it going.”
Klopp has often praised Jones for his desire to press, which serves as a reminder of how much his game has changed in a relatively short space ofRead on liverpoolecho.co.uk