Injury expert: 'Klopp is not happy' after 'extraordinary' Jones setback at Liverpool
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp “is not happy” with how Curtis Jones has been managed during his time away on international duty.
So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Jones will miss tonight’s (11 November) England Under-21 Euro 2023 qualifier against the Czech Republic after sustaining a freak eye injury.
As quoted by The Athletic on 4 November, Klopp revealed that the 20-year-old midfielder “got a finger to the eye and needs to lie down for a week” in what he bemoaned as “extraordinary” poor luck with midfield injuries, following James Milner, Naby Keita and Harvey Elliott blows.
Jones missed Liverpool’s 5-0 win over Watford on 16 October after aggravating a pre-existing groin injury during his last under-21s call-up.
And Dinnery claims that Klopp will be grateful to be able to keep Jones exclusively under his supervision this time around.
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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “Jurgen Klopp is not happy with how Curtis Jones was managed last time with the Under-21s.
“He had that groin problem and there were question marks about his availability for a qualifying game he played.
“Then he missed a subsequent game for Liverpool because of a recurrence of that. From a purely selfish point of view, you want to protect your players.
“Liverpool are already facing issues in Liverpool. Naby Keita is touch and go, James Milner is out and Harvey Elliot is too.
“We know they have cover in that midfield, but it only takes one or two injuries and you start to look a little bit stretched.
“So if Curtis Jones can remain at the club and they can protect and manage him, great.
“The games are going to be coming thick and fast and you want your players in the best possible condition to handle the load.”