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Returning star ready to ‘help the team’ as Liverpool eye blockbuster end to Klopp’s reign

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By Shrishh Attavar

Curtis Jones is ready to do his part as Liverpool seek Premier League and Europa League glory

Often very under-appreciated even in the Liverpool fanbase, Curtis Jones recently made a comeback from an ankle injury in February and played a good 20 minutes of football. The 23-year-old central midfielder played his natural role on the left side of midfield and was a major part of the Reds’ control over the game in towards the end.

Liverpool scored their second goal of the game within three minutes of Curtis coming on, albeit that is the individual brilliance of Alexis Mac Allister. Soon enough, Cody Gakpo headed home the Reds’ third goal of the night to finish quite a nervy game.

Jones’ comeback couldn’t have happened at a more important moment. With Liverpool leading the Premier League standings with just eight games left, they face a pivotal match against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, followed by a crucial Europa League quarter-final against Atalanta. Before his injury, Jones had been having a remarkable season. He has amassed 29 appearances across all competitions, making significant contributions with five goals and three assists along the way.

Liverpool star Curtis Jones returns from injury in a huge boost to the Reds.
Liverpool star Curtis Jones returns from injury in a huge boost to the Reds.

Let’s go, Curtis!

Speaking to the club’s official website after returning from injury, here is what Jones had to say:

“I come back and of course we’re out of a competition [the Emirates FA Cup] but I’m coming back into a team who have already won a competition [the Carabao Cup] and we’re top of the league.”

“It was hard but I’m coming back with a smile on my face and I just want to get back in the team and help the team as much as I can.”

Jones’ return not only strengthens Liverpool’s midfield options but also adds a layer of competition for places, driving up performance levels across the squad. His presence provides Klopp with a welcome selection headache, as he seeks to navigate the challenges of competing on multiple fronts.

As Liverpool continue their pursuit of silverware, Jones’ return serves as a timely reminder of the depth and quality within the squad. His versatility and tactical acumen make him a valuable asset in Klopp’s system, capable of thriving in various midfield roles and adapting to different tactical setups.

For Jones, the challenge now lies in maintaining his fitness and form as the season reaches its climax. With crucial matches on the horizon, including two highly anticipated clashes soon.

What a player, Curtis Jones.
What a player, Curtis Jones.

The Liverpool academy graduate embodies the essence of a modern midfield maestro, capable of blending defensive solidity with creative flair, and his comeback surely couldn’t have come at a more crucial juncture in the season.

For a team like Liverpool, vying for honours on multiple fronts, depth and quality in the squad are paramount. Jones, despite his relatively understated status among some fans, has quietly established himself as a linchpin in Jurgen Klopp’s tactical setup.

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As he looks to make up for lost time and help Liverpool achieve their objectives, Jones certainly embodies the spirit of resilience and determination that defines the club’s ethos. With the season reaching its climax, its climax, his presence could surely prove decisive in shaping Liverpool’s destiny and cementing his status as one of the club’s brightest talents.