After Liverpool said goodbye to midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum at the end of last season, a lot was made over whether or not the Merseyside club should replace him and whether they could potentially regret not doing so.
One player that seems to have filled the hole left in the Dutchman’s absence is Curtis Jones who has made a total of six appearances for the Reds across all competitions so far this season, scoring once and providing three assists in the process.
Since making his senior debut for the Merseyside club in a 2-1 defeat against Wolves in the FA Cup back in January 2019, after working his way through Liverpool’s youth teams, the 20-year-old midfielder, who is currently earning a weekly wage of £7.5k-per-week according to Spotrac, has seen his overall value soar.
When Jones made his Premier League debut for the Reds in December 2019, his market value according to Transfermarkt was at just £1.8m. Now that he has played a total of 33 games in the Premier League, his current market value stands at £27m, which is a massive jump of £25.2m in just two years.
In our view, this shows just how well Jones has done and how he has developed and progressed his individual game when given the opportunity to do so on the pitch and why the club were right to not immediately sign another midfielder to replace Wijnaldum over the summer.
Jones’ latest appearance for Liverpool came during their recent 2-2 draw against Manchester City at Anfield where he played the entire 90 minutes, picked up an assist and ultimately earned himself an overall match rating of 7/10, higher than the likes of Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Diogo Jota and Virgil van Dijk according to SofaScore.
That came after a stunning showing against Porto in the Champions League where he registered two assists. Quite simply, he is in exceptional form.
Looking ahead for the rest of the campaign, with Liverpool currently having Harvey Elliott and Thiago Alcantara out injured, it seems likely that Klopp will continue to play Jones in midfield for the time being.
Also, given his relatively young age, the fact that he is a product of Liverpool’s youth system and the fact that his current contract isn’t set to expire until 2025, it’s safe to say that he will likely be an important figure for the club for the next few years as well.