Liverpool have already endured a number of knocks and injuries to their squad so far this season, with the midfield suffering the most injury problems.
Every single one of Liverpool’s midfield has either suffered an injury this term or are currently still out of action for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
One of the midfielders Klopp has ruled out of the Merseyside Derby is local talent Curtis Jones, who would’ve thrived playing his part in this battle of the local rivals this evening.
The 20-year-old scouser has been out with an eye injury he sustained in training before the Atletico Madrid fixture and has been out of the side ever since.
He said: “With Curtis, it’s just not in our hands. Curtis is completely fine, he’s doing what he’s allowed to do.
“If you asked Curtis, he could go out and run a marathon, but it’s just not allowed in the moment.
“We have to wait until the doctors give us the green light.”
Jones has made quite an impact on his hometown club already this season, as he stepped in to save the midfield during the initial midfield crisis at the beginning of the season, where Harvey Elliott sustained an injury that has sidelined him until at least the New Year.
After the Champions League game against Porto, former Liverpool striker, Peter Crouch, spoke of Jones’ “excellent feet” during his performance for the side in a 5-1 win, providing a rave review of the youngster.
Ex Liverpool and Real Madrid player, Michael Owen, also joined in with the compliments for Jones after the Porto performance:
“Before Harvey Elliott got injured, he was the one with the shirt. Curtis Jones has always been around, here and there, but for his sake he needs a long run in the team. When he gets the chance he needs to do what he did tonight.”
Thiago Alcantara, Jordan Henderson and Fabinho are all fit and played together in the 4-0 thrashing of Southampton at the weekend at Anfield, and will likely take the roles in midfield this evening at Goodison Park. That will surely give Rafa Benitez a headache, as the three are in top form off the back of a comfortable win at the weekend.
However, there is no hiding away from the lack of depth at Klopp’s disposal right now and thus, Jones’ continued absence is a big blow.
After all, his energy and ingenuity would have been huge on a night like the Merseyside derby. So far this term, he has registered three assists from the middle of the park, joint-level with Jordan Henderson but more than the likes of Thiago, Fabinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
With that in mind, his extra creativity would have been beneficial this evening as the Reds aim to down a struggling Everton side.
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