Liverpool manager

Curtis Jones has given Jurgen Klopp a serious headache in midfield as Thiago Alcantara closes in on a return at Liverpool, according to Michael Brown.

The former Manchester City and Leeds midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, has lauded the 19-year-old for his performances this season and admitted the youngster had made it difficult to be dropped.

Jones, who has been given an extended run in the side due to injuries suffered by the likes of Thiago, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Fabinho in recent weeks, made his fourth Premier League start in five games against Tottenham.

However, as revealed on the club’s official website, the 29-year-old is closing in on a return ‘in the near future’, with behind-the-scenes photos posted of him training on grass again.

Thiago has played just twice for Liverpool after he suffered a knee injury back in the Merseyside derby earlier in the season.

With Jones having taken his chance in the starting XI over recent weeks, Brown has suggested Klopp now has a dilemma on his hands.

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Asked if the teenager had made himself hard to drop, Brown told Football Insider: “Yeah, they ran an interview with Curtis Jones on (Malaysian TV channel) Stadium Astro and he was like his three attributes are dribbling, getting forward and goals.

“That just tells you how much he’s enjoying it, he wants to get involved, he’s not afraid to take chances, to take people on, to run forward so he’s doing really, really well.

“He’s got the experience of Wijnaldum around him, Henderson – I think he made 100-and-something passes against Spurs. Short passes, long passes, it is a good three, Wijnaldum’s been brilliant so it doesn’t get any better for Jones with them two around you.”

Jones has made a total of 15 first-team appearances for Liverpool this season, five of which have come as starts in the Premier League.

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