Curtis Jones proves Thiago point that could save Liverpool millions – opinion

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News of Thiago Alcantara’s latest injury setback – the exact length of which is yet to be determined ahead of surgery – will have no doubt elicited rolled eyes and groans across the fanbase.

Such has been the nature of the current campaign that few have come to expect anything other than grim news, even despite the promising upturn in form in recent weeks.

The question now, of course, with a year remaining on the Spanish international’s contract at Anfield is whether or not to extend those terms beyond 2024.

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Time for Liverpool to sell Thiago Alcantara?

Social media is already littered with demands to cut ties with the 32-year-old at the earliest available opportunity ahead of an expected, and much-needed, midfield revamp this summer.

We’d be inclined to point to the example of Curtis Jones, however, as proof of exactly why supporters should continue to keep faith in Thiago’s future.

Thiago Alcantara was last seen plying his trade against West Ham – (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The numbers of those in the Scouser’s corner were clearly dwindling of late, with many questioning what an injury prone footballer whose career could be fairly or unfairly boiled down to a few flashes in the pan had to offer a side on the precipice of great change.

One tactical tweak to Trent Alexander-Arnold’s role later, however, and the Englishman has become synonymous with the new approaching era at L4.

He’s started Liverpool’s last six Premier League fixtures in April and has been a key part in securing our strongest run of form yet with four wins in a row and 14 out 18 points collected.

How, you might ask?

Lessons to be learned from Curtis Jones

The secret’s already been given away by James Pearce and Andy Jones at The Athletic, with the pair pointing to a bespoke workload tailored to the individual.

The benefits are plain for all to see given that Jones has amassed over half his total minutes for the season in just the last six games.

Curtis Jones has become Jurgen Klopp’s go-to man in the left central midfield role – (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Albeit, one might reasonably argue that with a 10-year age gap between the pair of midfielders, this might be harder to accomplish with Thiago Alcantara.

The latter was never meant to be the battling, hard-tackling midfield star he’s been forced to operate as when needs must, however, rather being far better suited to a role that allows him to control the tempo of a game and dictate the play.

If we can manage to take that added burden off his shoulders with whatever signings we make this summer, plus allow for a more unique training schedule along with proper management of his minutes, there’s no reason why our No.6 can’t flourish in the middle of the park on Merseysider for the foreseeable.

In the interest of saving the club from forking out for another technical midfielder in future too, there are plenty of reasons for wanting to persist with our midfield maestro.

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  1. Jones and Bajetic good for the left side Midfield.
    FSG, however, cannot expect a ‘Blue Cross Sale’ to take advantage of this Summer.
    LFC require a No 6 Defensive Central Midfielder and a Right Sided Central Midfielder
    A Centre Back is also required.
    Everyone is capable of working out the sums

    1. You’re talking shyte mate, you seriously don’t think Jurgen would play curt if he was as useless as you seem to think.

  2. ‘Curtis Jones proves Thiago point that could save Liverpool millions’- Oh my god!! These are the sort of classic Liverpool headlines that Pearce and co use on Twitter.

  3. First of all, I apologise for my English.
    I think Curtis is not a good solution for the left midfield position. He has no left foot and has to come back on his right foot every time, even if he is in a very good position to cross, he comes back on his left foot ….. and sees the defender blocking him.

    On the other hand, why not put him on the right and see how he gets on with Salah? But I have a doubt, I think he takes a long time to make a decision when he has the ball.

  4. We need kokcu in (feyenood)and Ryan gravenberch (Bayern) even sangare(psv)…. For cover sell matip,kelleher,fabinho to fund transfer….

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