Liverpool Academy graduate Curtis Jones has revealed that he’s eager to impress Jurgen Klopp in pre-season after training recommenced on Saturday.
The attacking midfielder featured heavily for the Reds in last summer’s pre-season preparations and went on to make his senior debut in the FA Cup game against Wolves.
The 18-year-old is yet to make his mark on a longer-term basis under Klopp but is keen to show why he should be considered for the first team again this summer.
“It has been tough but luckily enough I’ve been off and I’ve been keeping up with my work, so I’ve come back in great shape and I’m ready to go,” Jones said of pre-season training, as quoted by LiverpoolFC.com.
“Last year being only 17 and being around the squad was big for me, but then to finish off and being around the Champions League winners…! Now I’m coming in and trying to stake my claim, trying to show the gaffer that I’m ready to be part of that squad. That’s massive for me and I will definitely be showing that in pre-season.
“I think as soon I first came [to Melwood] I was pushing myself to get into the team but as everyone can see we have got the best team in Europe a lot would say, so I know it’s going to be hard and I know it’s going to take a lot of work.
“But I definitely think that I’ve got it in me and I have definitely got a manager who believes in me. I will be trying my best to show what I am capable of doing and hopefully I will get some minutes in the season.
“Throughout the whole season there’s a lot of games and the players that we have do non-stop running, so I think this will be perfect for me to get myself in the best position that I can, get my fitness up there and hopefully I will be ready to go.”
Jones also talked up the camaraderie between the players at training, something he believes is rare these days.
“I think the bond between this group is special,” he added. “I don’t think a lot of teams have got a bond like this – I’ve seen that myself.
“Being a young lad coming in and feeling comfortable, feeling at home and knowing that I can speak to anyone that I want. If I’ve got a bit of a problem or if I’m doing well they will tell me.
“It’s the same for all the players, the bond is great, the banter is top and the manager and the staff are involved in that as well, so it’s like everybody is a family and we just want the best for each other.”