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Jurgen Klopp has admitted blocking loan move for Curtis Jones many, many times.
The young midfielder played 87 minutes of the Reds’ Carabao Cup tie against Norwich City last week, was on the scoresheet in their 3-3 draw against Brentford and was involved in all five of the goals against Porto in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
And like a number of other academy graduates, many would’ve anticipated he’d be sent out on loan to gain first-team experience elsewhere, before returning to make a name for himself at Anfield.
However, head coach Klopp has blocked any move for Jones so far.
“People have asked me a hundred times, ‘Can he go on loan? What about going there to get more match practice?’ No, let him be here,” Klopp said in an interview with Sky Sports.
“That’s the good thing about being really committed to the club as a young boy. He will maybe not have 30, 40 games a season at 18 or 19 but he can still learn so much.
“I didn’t want to let him go to play maybe 30 games in League One. I wanted him here so that he learns our football. And that’s what he did.
“It’s our job to give him all the information we can about the game – offensive, defensive – but when you are around the first team at 17, you have more time to absorb it. I’m really happy we’re now seeing the results on the pitch.”
Source – Liverpool ECHO