Despite it still being early days into the season, this weekend is undoubtedly huge for two of the main Premier League title chasers Liverpool and Manchester City, with the two sides set to face off against each other at Anfield on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are currently top of the table with 14 points, having won four and drawn two of their opening six league games of the season, whilst also having scored more goals (15) than any other team in the league.
City, who are the current Premier League champions and boast the best defensive record of the season so far having conceded only one goal, are just one point behind the Reds with their first showdown of the season on the horizon.
Going into the match, Liverpool will be without Thiago Alcantara through injury. In our view, that should pave the way for Curtis Jones, who is currently one of the Reds’ lowest earners with a weekly wage of £7.5k-per-week according to Spotrac, to secure his place in the starting XI to face Pep Guardiola’s side.
As well as Thiago, Liverpool are still without Harvey Elliott, who picked up a serious injury in their win over Leeds United after appearing in all of his side’s 2021/22 Premier League games prior to the clash at Elland Road, which could also work in Jones’ favour with the City match around the corner.
The 20-year-old is on an impressive run of form for Liverpool at the moment. He scored in their 3-3 draw against Brentford last weekend and earned an overall match rating of 7.5/10, higher than any other Reds player on the day according to SofaScore, and followed that up by providing two assists in their 5-1 win over FC Porto in the Champions League.
Taking into account this impressive recent run of attacking form, we feel that Jones, who was hailed as a “really talented player” by fellow Reds midfielder Fabinho after the Porto match, should definitely be in the starting XI to face Pep Guardiola’s side to see if he can continue proving himself as a potentially game-changing threat from midfield.