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MetiNews.Com - Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp made an interesting change against Leeds United which could point to the future
Breaking News ! He may not have made the final cut in the Golden Boy awards. But it seems Curtis Jones is closing in on an even greater prize at Liverpool. While fellow Academy graduate Neco Williams is on the final shortlist to this year be named Europe's most impressive footballer under the age of 21, Jones was one of 60 names jettisoned from the 100-strong initial roll call. The roles, though, were reversed at the weekend, with Jones among the substitutes and Williams not in the matchday squad for the Premier League opener against Leeds United. Williams, still only 19, has plenty of time on his side, Liverpool's hectic schedule meaning first-team opportunities will arise sooner rather than later for Trent Alexander-Arnold's understudy. Of more immediate interest was how Jurgen Klopp utilised Jones on Saturday evening. Sign up to our free LFC newsletter for all the latest transfer news Why should I sign up? Premier League champions Liverpool are looking to dominate again next season and we'll have all the latest news on any moves they make in the transfer market this summer. You'll get breaking transfer news, analysis, rumours, live coverage and much more. Liverpool correspondent Paul Gorst will also be sending an extra weekly newsletter with all the latest from behind-the-scenes at Melwood. How do I sign up? It's free, easy and takes no time at all. First just click on this link to our newsletter sign-up centre. Once you're there, put your email address where it says at the top, then click on the Liverpool FC newsletter. There are other ones too if you want them as well. When you've made your choice, press the Update Preference button at the bottom. That's it! Your emails will come through to your inbox from that moment on.
With Liverpool embroiled in an end-to-end encounter, Klopp turned to Fabinho shortly before the hour to bring extra steel and positional sense in midfield. But when it was time, seven minutes later, to provide a further injection in the engine room, it wasn't to one of his more experienced players who the Reds boss turned. With James Milner no doubt desperate to appear against his boyhood club, instead it was Jones given the nod for only the seventh Premier League outing of his fledgling career. That the teenager, along with Gini Wijnaldum, was caught ball-watching for Leeds' third equaliser seconds later was an example of both his attack-minded tendencies and that there remains much still to learn. It will come. However, for Klopp to throw Jones into the heat of such an intense battle was a significant show of faith - and underlined why there is no chance the youngster will be leaving on loan before the transfer window closes.
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Adam Lallana's exit has given the 19-year-old some room in which to manoeuvre, a greater opportunity to play. It's why Liverpool didn't consider a replacement for the Brighton-bound midfielder. And Jones, while being gradually integrated, has responded to every challenge set thus far. Certainly, he is too good to be back with the under-23s, netting a hat-trick on his last appearance for the age group back in February having been arguably the UEFA Youth League's best player when scoring five goals in four outings during the group stage last autumn. Jones continues to tick off the boxes. This year, he has scored a first senior goal, made his full Premier League debut, opened his top-flight scoring account, earned a Premier League winners' medal and played at Wembley. Baby steps, of course. But Jones remains firmly on course to become Liverpool's very own homegrown golden boy.
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