Kevin Phillips has tipped Curtis Jones to leave Liverpool on loan next season so he can continue his growth as a player.
The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the 19-year-old should follow in the footsteps of teammate Harry Wilson after an impressive campaign at Anfield.
Jones has mustered eight appearances for the first team this season, scoring twice in the FA Cup – including a memorable strike against Merseyside rivals Everton in the third round.
However, the attacking midfielder has only featured in the Premier League as a substitute, playing just 19 minutes of football in the competition.
Phillips believes with Harry Wilson returning from a loan spell at Bournemouth now could be the perfect time for Jones to go out on loan.
“Jones has had a taste of first-team action in the cup games and a couple of substitute appearances in the Premier League and he has learned from the best whilst in training,” he told Football Insider.
“Now, it is time to get out there and start developing. But it is about picking the right club where he is going to play week in week out. Hopefully, like Wilson, he comes back in a year a far better player. Then he can challenge for a place in the first eleven.
“It will be exciting to see how he develops over the next 18 months. It is all about finding the club that suits the player.”
Wilson, currently on a season-long loan with Bournemouth, has scored six goals and provided two assists in 27 appearances this campaign.
The academy graduate has also enjoyed loan spells at Derby County, Hull City and, Crewe Alexandra but is primed for a make or break season at Anfield next year.