Former RB Leipzig head coach Ralf Rangnick has revealed that he failed in an attempt to sign midfielder Curtis Jones on loan from Liverpool two years ago.
Rangnick managed Leipzig for the 2018/19 campaign and wanted to sign Jones for a season or two on loan, but Jurgen Klopp refused to let him leave. Instead of allowing him to leave on loan, Klopp decided to keep him on Merseyside around the first-team squad.
Speaking to Sky Sports, as transcribed by the Liverpool Echo, Rangnick detailed his pursuit of the young talent. “I know that they ( Liverpool ) don’t (want to send him out on loan), because I was asking Jurgen about Curtis two years ago, if they would send him to Leipzig on loan for a year or two, and he said no.
“Jurgen wants to keep him. I think he knows what kind of massive talent he has with Curtis in his squad.
“He’s one of the most exciting young players in England, currently.
“Of course, for him, the problem is he has so many top players ahead of him. The good thing is that most of those homegrown Liverpudlian young players, they don’t want to leave.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Klopp opted against sending Jones out to get experience elsewhere and now he is in and around the first-team squad at Liverpool in 2020. The midfielder impressed against Lincoln in the League Cup on Thursday night as he found the back of the net twice in a convincing 7-2 win for the Reds. He has made 16 senior appearances to date, scoring five goals and assisting one, including seven in the Premier League.
Jones’ progression over the past couple of seasons has proven that Klopp was right to keep him at Anfield instead of loaning him out. 10 of his games for the first-team came last season, with six in the Premier League and four in the FA Cup, showing that Klopp is starting to place more trust in the 19-year-old to do a job amongst the more experienced professionals.
Hopefully, Jones will be able to repay the faith shown in him by Klopp and continue to develop over the course of the coming seasons. If he can impress and keep putting in excellent displays then he has the potential to become a regular player in the starting XI in the future – but he just needs to show that he is able to remain consistent with his performances in the side.