Why Liverpool turned down Curtis Jones loan offers – including RB Leipzig – Liverpool FC
Liverpool have turned down a number of loan offers for Curtis Jones over the years, with Jurgen Klopp explaining that he could learn more by staying in Merseyside.
Jones has long been regarded as one of the best talents in the Reds academy, quickly rising through the ranks as he continued to flaunt the numbers in front of goal.
The midfielder will turn 21 at the end of January and recently hit the 50 first-team appearance mark, as part of an impressive run in the starting lineup.
His performance in the 5-1 midweek win over Porto was arguably his best so far in a Liverpool shirt, and Jones is now set to retain his place for Sunday’s clash with Man City.
The fact that he’s tasked with playing in these big games is partly informed by his years of training under Klopp, rather than spending time on loan.
Liverpool turned down the first approaches from League One clubs, before a two-year offer from RB Leipzig was turned down and, more recently, a loan request from Leeds was quickly rejected.
“People have asked me a hundred times, ‘Can it be loaned? How about going there to get more match practice? ‘. No, let him be here, ”said Klopp Air sports.
“It’s the good thing to be really involved with the club as a young boy. He may not have 30, 40 games a season at 18 or 19, but he can still learn a lot.
“I didn’t want to let him go and play maybe 30 games in League One.
“I wanted him here to learn our Soccer. And that’s what he did.
Jones broke through as an exciting, equally effective attacking midfielder on the wing, but has now established himself as a more conservative option with the ability to create magic when the opportunity presents itself.
He’s remarkably well-rounded for a player his age, and Klopp attributes that to the time spent honing his craft at Melwood and now Kirkby.
“You can learn this job off the ball when you stay here because we put so much emphasis on it,” he continued.
“For a n ° 10, who despite all his youth has always been involved to bullet, getting that into your DNA isn’t easy. It takes time.
“It’s our job to give him all the information we can about the game – offensive, defensive – but when you’re around the first team at 17, you have more time to absorb it.
“I am really happy that we are now seeing the results on the pitch.”
It is telling that the majority of those youngsters who have established themselves as regular options for Klopp’s senior side weren’t sent on loan – with Harvey Elliott a special exception.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Caoimhin Kelleher and Neco Williams are among those who have reaped the benefits rather than taking time in the Football League.
Instead, the prospect of working every day under Klopp, assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders and elite development coach Vitor Matos is proving to be a more effective method.