Curtis Jones suffered a muscle injury which ruled him out of Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Aston Villa, the Reds have confirmed.
Midfielder Jones has been a bright spark for the faltering champions in recent months and many expected the 20-year-old to feature in some capacity against Villa.
He was an unused substitute in the 3-1 defeat by Real Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday – a game in which Liverpool’s midfielders struggled to gain a foothold.
But Klopp was dealt a blow ahead of the visit of Dean Smith’s Villa, with Jones “ruled out as a precaution due to a muscle issue”.
Jones has picked up four goals and four assists in 29 appearances this season and Klopp didn’t hold back in his praise for the Merseyside native earlier this year.
“There is a lot to come from Curtis,” said the German. “The potential is exceptional.
“We had a lot of talks this week especially, a video session as well where we showed him he has to be more in these decisive areas because he is very good with the ball.
“His control is good. He controls the game really well and keeps the ball, that’s all really good.”
Anfield legend Graeme Souness has also been impressed by Jones and told Sky Sports : “At 20-years-old, he has a chance to be a real player for this club.
“He’s extremely gifted, the fact that he’s a Scouser is a real bonus for the club because they know the passion he’ll have for the club.
“And as he gets older and becomes an influence in the dressing room, that will spread to newcomers coming into the club.
“He could have a big part to play in Liverpool ’s future, given he’s only 20 and he looks at home at this level.”
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