Whelan issues strong Curtis Jones claim after Liverpool source's £30,000-a-week reveal
Noel Whelan has insisted Curtis Jones must step up in order to claim his place in an ageing Liverpool midfield after signing a new contract.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 21-year-old has “qualities that Jurgen Klopp likes”.
Liverpool confirmed on Thursday (17 November) that Jones has signed a new “long-term” deal at the club.
Football Insider revealed earlier on Thursday that the midfielder’s new deal will add another year to his deal and hand him a pay hike on his old £30,000-a-week deal.
The England Under-21 international has been a fringe figure this season with injuries restricting him to only seven appearances.
He has notched eight goals and 10 assists across 81 senior appearances for Liverpool.
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When asked if he’d seen enough from Jones to warrant a bumper new deal, Whelan told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “I think I have.
“We’ve seen it years ago when he first came through. He scored an incredible goal against Everton in the FA Cup and was absolutely brilliant.
“He’s serving his time at the moment with a lot of quality internationals in front of him.
“But he obviously has qualities that Jurgen Klopp likes, and that has led to the new contract.
“But this new contract has to be the one where he makes it. Up to 2026, he’s got to show what he’s all about.
“There are ageing players in that midfield, so he’s got to have a strong end to the season in order to show why he should take their spots.”