Liverpool face a fight to land Jones

By Tariq Saleh

Liverpool face a battle with several Premier League clubs to sign Blackburn Rovers defender Phil Jones.

Along with Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United are reportedly keen to sign the highly-rated 19 year old centre half. Jones apparently met with Rovers manager Steve Kean to express a desire to move to a bigger club.

Jones enjoyed a successful first season in the Premier League firstly under Sam Allardyce and then under Steve Kean. Jones, who can also play in midfield, signed an extended five-year contract in January so he will not come on the cheap. It is understood that Jones has a £16 million escape clause in his new contract.

Just like Jordan Henderson, Liverpool are keen to sign the young defender before he flies out with the England Under 21 squad for the European Championships, but with several teams interested, Blackburn are not likely to be selling him this week.