By Ben Dinnery

14th Oct, 2021 | 10:16am

Injury expert: Jones faces 'crucial' 48 hours at Liverpool after 'sensational' Shearer claim

Curtis Jones is in contention to start for Liverpool against Watford this weekend.

That is according to medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.

Jones, 20, missed Engand Under 21s’ game against Slovenia with what manager Lee Carsley described as a “knock”.

However, he allayed any concerns in his country’s next game, coming off the bench in the second half and getting an assist.

With the midfielder not in from the start, there will be concerns over his availability for Liverpool this weekend.

He has proved to be an important asset to Jurgen Klopp in recent weeks, starting the Reds’ last two Premier League games, and has been hailed “absolutely sensational” by Alan Shearer.

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Dinnery predicts Jones will be available to start on Saturday because of Carsley’s caution.

“Carsely said he wasn’t going to be taking any risks which is good to see,” Dinnery told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“He’s responded really well to the treatment he was given. He was then on the bench for that final game.

“If you are fit enough to make the bench, you are fit enough to start. He was introduced in the second half and looked ok.

“You can never be 100% just because the player has played a certain amount of minutes.

“He will be assessed and the next 48 hours are crucial. Providing there was no reaction and no reoccurrence then he will be fine to start for Liverpool.

“The fact he played on Monday evening gives him loads of recovery time.

“He is certainly in contention for that early kick-off against Watford.”

In other news, Kieran Maguire has told Liverpool to seal “brilliant” £36.2m deal after Salah update.