Jurgen Klopp explained why it was necessary to reward Liverpool’s youngster Curtis Jones with a new long-term contract.
Boss Reds explained in detail how the nineteen-year-old midfielder, who put his pen on a new deal to extend his club engagement until 2025 on Friday night, had a big impact on training with Melwood’s first team.
The German also explained that it was important to note the steps that Jones took this season after making his bow in flight to Liverpool in Bournemouth in December from the bench and having obtained a further exhaustion at West Ham United in January.
“It’s great news,” Klopp said on the club’s official website after being questioned about the new contract.
“One of our kids department, if you like, who has grown in the past two years.
“It is really nice to see the steps it has taken and the impact it has on training.
“It was also necessary to make sure, especially with young players, that we are serious and responsible with the contracts they get.
“It’s about doing the right thing at the right time for guys who want to go with us like that. They trust us, so we have to make sure that when they take the decisive steps, we see it.”
Jones has regularly participated in this season’s national cup competitions, scoring the winning penalty in the win against Arsenal in the League Cup in October and scoring memorably the only goal in the third round of the FA Cup won at home against Everton in January.
Our local teenager, at the club since he was less than 9 years old, had initially impressed Klopp as a seventeen year old when he was on tour in the United States in the summer of 2018 and had made his senior debut in the FA Cup defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers in January 2019.
Jones, who last signed an agreement only in August 2019, continued to be a regular for the U23 team this season and was the best in Liverpool’s UEFA Youth League campaign.
Having been on the bench for the last two senior games, he will hope for further exposure to the Premier League this term, starting at home at Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.