Jurgen Klopp has loved his continuous references to Curtis Jones‘ progress, and he now needs it in writing after the midfielder was tasked with enjoying at right-back towards Burnley.
Jones has been a dependable choice for his supervisor this season and has presently performed the Twelfth-most minutes of any participant (1,653), predominantly in midfield.
Nonetheless, harm absences have seen him transfer each into defence and assault on a handful of events.
With no right-back different towards Burnley, it was the 23-year-old who dropped again rather than Trent Alexander-Arnold, and it’s no surprise after Klopp’s reward earlier this yr.
“If Curtis Jones can be taught defending, everyone can be taught defending!” Klopp proclaimed in January, and the No. 17 did an admirable job within the second half on Saturday, not placing a foot improper.
And now Klopp needs that reference to the Toxteth native to adorn the partitions of the academy, the place the place it began for Jones.
“Now, undoubtedly, on the wall within the academy, we are going to draw (write) if ‘Curtis Jones can be taught defending, anybody can be taught defending’,” Klopp instructed NBC Sports activities.
“He did extremely effectively there.”
It’s a nod to how extremely Klopp regards Jones and his improvement since making his debut in 2019, and 124 video games later he’s a key cog within the Reds’ midfield.
On shifting the midfielder into defence on Saturday, Klopp defined: “We instructed Curtis what he needed to do and we modified formation barely and tried to make it so simple as potential for him.
“It was first time within the life he has performed the place and we didn’t need him to be the inverted right-back and have to consider this stuff as effectively.”
Klopp was not fairly correct when saying it was Jones’ “first time” at right-back – he performed there towards Leicester within the League Cup this season – however there was an apparent must simplify the position.
If Burnley ever thought it to be a weak spot, they had been rapidly confirmed improper.