Kevin Phillips fears Liverpool have suffered “a big blow” after Curtis Jones missed training ahead of tonight’s Champions League tie with Real Madrid.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the 2000 European Golden Shoe winner heaped praise on the “fantastic” 20-year-old who would have been “desperate” to play in the second leg.

As reported by The Mirror, Jones and Divock Origi missed training at Kirkby on Tuesday as Jurgen Klopp’s side stepped up their preparations for tonight’s fixture against Real.

Jones has not featured for the Reds since 4 April and missed Sunday’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa with a muscle injury.

In all competitions this season, the attacking midfielder has made 30 appearances, with four goals and four assists to his name.

Phillips is gutted by Jones’ absence and suggested the Englishman had an outside chance of breaking into Gareth Southgate’s squad for the Euros if he finished the season strongly.

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“It is a big blow for him personally and to Liverpool,” he told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.

“There is only a handful of games left and he would have been desperate to have been involved, especially with the Euros coming up in the summer.

“One thing is for sure, nobody wants to get injured at this stage of the season, it is a blow for him.

“He has been fantastic in what has been a difficult season for Liverpool. It is a shame he’s not available tonight.” 

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