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Liverpool believe they already have a replacement for Adam Lallana in academy graduate Curtis Jones, according to transfer expert Duncan Castles.
Lallana is set to leave the Reds when his contract expires at the end of the season.
“I’m told what Liverpool would like to do is promote Curtis Jones, their 19-year-old England youth international, into Lallana’s position in the squad,” Castles said on the Transfer Window podcast.
“So he would not be a starter, he would take up a role similar to Lallana’s, which is to be a player coming off the bench and to be used in what you’d have to say are very occasional rotations that Klopp is able to apply to his squad because of the preparation methods they use there.
“They hope that Jones can do as well in that role as Lallana’s been able to do for them and develop going forward into a starter for Liverpool.
“Jones is generally considered to be a serious talent, someone who will probably evolve into a starter for a Premier League team.”
— Duncan Castles (@DuncanCastles) July 4, 2020
“The questions, the doubts are can he learn to play the right way in the Liverpool system?” he added.
“That’s the difficulty Liverpool have in promoting from within and also recruiting externally as they have to get exactly the right type of player to fit their system, otherwise they’re not as effective as they should be, they can’t be as broad in their recruitment as some other clubs are able to do because the system is the thing that makes Liverpool as good as they are.
“If you don’t fit into the system then it’s difficult for Klopp to use you effectively.”
During this season, Lallana has made 22 appearances with having scored one goal and provided 2 assists.
source – Daily Express