Jamie Carragher identifies two Liverpool youngsters who might force Jurgen Klopp into transfer rethink


Jamie Carragher identifies two Liverpool youngsters who might force Jurgen Klopp into transfer rethink
The Liverpool legend has high hopes of the duo

The duo, aged 19 and 18 respectively, has impressed while playing for the senior side in both the FA Cup as well as the League Cup this season.

Jamie Carragher has claimed that Liverpool youngsters Curtis Jones and Neco Williams could save the club a lot of money in the transfer market in the coming years.

Jones, 19, rose to stardom after his injury-time winner against Everton in the 3rd round of the FA Cup helped a young Liverpool side get the better of their much senior Merseyside neighbors.

The young midfielder was one of the beneficiaries of Jurgen Klopp’s decision to field a young Liverpool side in the 4th round of the competition last week. The German manager decided to stay away from the game and rest his entire senior squad due to the arrival of the newly introduced winter break.

His stance meant that U23s manager Neil Critchley took charge of the Premier League leaders for the 4th round FA Cup replay against Shrewsbury in the mid-week. Jones, who was handed the captain’s armband on the night, became the youngest captain in the club’s history.

Carragher thinks Jones could force Reds into transfer rethink

Jamie Carragher identifies two Liverpool youngsters who might force Jurgen Klopp into transfer rethink
The 19-year-old rose to stardom after his late goal against Everton in the 3rd round of the FA Cup

While giving an interview to Liverpool Echo, the former Reds’ defender who won a Champions League for the club heaped a lot of praise on the young duo.

“Curtis has kicked on this year but that’s what young players do,” Carragher said.

“When he plays in the younger team, it almost looks like he’s a first-team player dropping down to play with the younger players.

“The one criticism of this Liverpool team is sometimes a lack of creativity from central midfield, and I think he could provide that.

“Whether Liverpool go into the market to change that, or Minamino maybe changes that, but Curtis Jones and some of the other younger players will be putting things in the managers head about whether he needs to go into the transfer market.”

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The Liverpool legend praises Williams

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The 18-year-old right-back was the star of the show on Wednesday as it was his cross-field pass that forced Shrewsbury defender Ro-Shaun Williams to mistakenly head the ball into his own net and gift Liverpool the victory.

Carragher said: “We haven’t got great cover at full-back – James Milner is there but he’s a 34-year-old midfield player.

“And when you consider Liverpool are the champions of Europe and how good they are, there should probably be another recognized player in those positions.

“But I do think Neco Williams, with the way he has played, you wouldn’t think about going into the market to buy anyone and you’ve got Ki-Jana Hoever there as well.

Given the praise they have received from a club legend who has played over 700 games for the senior side, both Jones and Williams would be hoping to use their performance to prove that they are worthy of it.

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