Noel Whelan After signing a new contract, he insisted Curtis Jones must step up to take a place in Liverpool’s aging midfield.
Former Leeds United striker, specialized in football insiderclaiming the 21-year-old possesses “a quality that Jurgen Klopp likes”.
Liverpool comfirmed On Thursday (November 17), Jones signed a new “long-term” deal with the club.
football insider It was revealed earlier on Thursday that the midfielder’s new deal will see him extend his contract by a further year and come with a wage increase on top of his original £30,000-a-week deal.
The England Under-21 international has been sidelined this season, with injuries limiting him to just seven appearances.
He played 81 times for Liverpool, scoring 8 goals and providing 10 assists.
Asked if he saw enough from Jones to warrant a lucrative new deal, Whelan told football insiderEvan Kingsbury: “I think I have.
“We saw it when he first came a few years ago. He scored an unbelievable goal against Everton in the FA Cup, absolutely fantastic.
“He’s serving now and has a lot of good international players in front of him.
“But he obviously has the quality that Jurgen Klopp likes and that has led to the new contract.
“But this new contract has to be the one he signed. Until 2026, he has to show what he can do.
“There are older players in that midfield, so he has to finish the season well to justify why he’s taking their place.”
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