Liverpool supporters in the Transfer Tavern are eagerly anticipating the 2018/19 Premier League season, what with their side seeking to build upon their impressive fourth place finish last term.
Jurgen Klopp’s men secured a second successive season of Champions League football by beating fellow top six rivals Chelsea and Arsenal to the final qualification spot, which is exactly where they finished the season before. And they certainly made the most of their time in Europe’s elite competition last time round in reaching the final in Kiev, only to lose to two-times defending champions Real Madrid 3-1 in the Ukrainian capital.
Nonetheless, after a summer of big spending, hopes are high around Anfield that Klopp can take the team even further this term, while several are hopeful that some youngsters could well break through into the senior side in the near future, be it this time round or in seasons to come.
And based on his efforts for the youth teams down the years, and indeed in the early stages of pre-season, it appears that 17-year-old wonderkid Curtis Jones is destined for huge things at the Merseyside giants.
The midfielder has been on the books at Anfield since the age of nine and has thus made his way up through the youth ranks at the club, in turn becoming a regular for the Under-18 team.
And it was in Steven Gerrard’s side last season that the Englishman really shone, as Jones netted a mightily impressive nine goals and laid on four assists in just 15 appearances in the North division of the Under-18 Premier League, thus finishing as the team’s top-scorer alongside striker Glen McAuley.
And with five goals in eight games in their run to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Youth League last term, it’s clear that the 17-year-old has an extremely bright future ahead of him at Liverpool, to the point that he featured five times for the development squad in Premier League 2 earlier this year.
Significantly though, Jones has impressed greatly in pre-season for Klopp’s side to suggest that he really isn’t too far away from the first team at Anfield, with Jones possessing the sort of intelligence and composure on the ball and indeed off it to underline his credentials, and indeed his potential to go on and become a star.
Clearly, the 17-year-old wonderkid is destined for huge things at Anfield, and if he continues to excel in pre-season, those things could well happen sooner rather than later.
Liverpool fans… what do you think? Let us know!