Jordan Henderson is the latest Liverpool man to suffer an injury setback and Jurgen Klopp will seemingly be without his captain when they face top-of-the-table Leicester City at Anfield on Sunday.
LFC journalist James Pearce confirmed on Twitter that the former Sunderland man won’t be available for selection this weekend, which adds to Klopp’s significant injury list.
The German manager is already without first-team regulars Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Fabinho as they prepare to face a Leicester City side who have made a superb start to the 2020/21 Premier League season.
As a result, Klopp is low on midfield and defensive options, and he may be best served by handing Curtis Jones a rare Premier League start.
The 19-year-old has made three appearances in the Premier League so far this season, as well as appearing in the Champions League, Carabao Cup and Community Shield (per Transfermarkt).
This takes his tally of Liverpool appearances to 21, in which he has managed to contribute five goals and two assists (per Transfermarkt).
The young midfielder also has a superb record with Liverpool’s academy sides and it is evident that he can provide a real goalscoring threat from midfield.
Earlier this year, Klopp heaped praise on the academy graduate after he scored twice in the Reds’ 7-2 win against Lincoln City, saying:
“There is still space for improvement but everyone knows my opinion of Curtis Jones, he is an exceptional talent and we will have some fun with him I am pretty sure in the future.
“Both goals were difficult, the second one the first touch was absolutely exceptional between two opponents and then he opens up and sees the opportunity and finishes it off.” (per Daily Mail)
Therefore, when you consider the injury problems Liverpool are currently facing, as well as the indifferent form of midfielders Georginio Wijnaldum and Naby Keita, perhaps Klopp should trust Jones with a start against the Foxes this weekend.