Liverpool youngster set for new deal

shankly_gatesBrendan Rodgers is set to hand young defender Lloyd Jones a new long-term contract, as the teenager looks to break into the first team.

The 17-year-old was brought to Anfield from Plymouth Argyle in 2011 and has impressed the Reds boss since Rodgers arrived at the club from Swansea last summer.

Jones’ recent progress was highlighted by his appearance on the substitute’s bench in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage and he may get another chance to feature in the squad for the final game against QPR.

With Daniel Agger, Martin Kelly and Martin Skrtel currently sidelined, the final couple of games has given Rodgers the ideal opportunity to give some younger players the chance to experience being involved in the first team.

Welshman Jones, who is set to pen a three-year deal, has joined the likes of Conor Coady, Andre Wisdom and Raheem Stirling in having some involvement with the senior squad this term.

With Jamie Carragher set to hang up his boots after Sunday’s final game, Rodgers will need more defensive cover for next season.

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