Jurgen Klopp’s impressive recruitment throughout his Liverpool tenure has seen the club rise to extraordinary heights.
Aside from the Europa League trophy, the German has claimed every honour available to him as manager of the Anfield side. Players such as Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Virgil van Dijk have arrived and become integral to the success achieved recently.
Academy talents have also played a part, with Klopp blooding youngsters such as Trent Alexander-Arnold and Harvey Elliott, although it appears he has also struck gold with Curtis Jones, especially with his value skyrocketing.
The 21-year-old made his first team bow during the 2018/2019 season in an FA Cup tie against Wolves, however, it wasn’t until the following season that he made his Premier League debut as the Reds won their first league title since 1990.
Klopp put faith in the midfielder by granting him 34 first-team appearances the following campaign and he began to firmly establish himself in the senior side.
Domestically he was solid, but Jones was also shining in Europe, with former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch suggesting he had “excellent feet” following a performance against Porto in the Champions League where he grabbed three assists.
The last two seasons have seen him miss 25 matches due to injuries, however, this hasn’t seemed to have had a detrimental effect, especially on his value.
The CIES Football Observatory values Jones at €35m (£30.6m) and this will surely continue to rise with each excellent performance he puts in.
Klopp has some exceptionally gifted youngsters in his squad this season, and with poor league results basically ending a title challenge, this period of transition can only be good news for the likes of Jones, who should get much more game time.
With a raft of injuries disrupting the squad this season, particularly in the midfield area, the young Englishman could certainly jump at the chance of staking a claim for a regular spot in the engine room.
It may be a season of change for the Anfield side, but that doesn’t mean Klopp isn’t thinking ahead to the future, one in which the 21-year-old can play a big part.