Hometown hero Curtis Jones is set to stay on Merseyside a little longer today after the 21-year-old England youth international and Liverpool native agreed to a contract extension at Anfield.
Jones, who joined Liverpool’s academy at the age of nine, has spent twelve years at the club while rising through its academy ranks before breaking into the first-team setup initially in 2018-19, but it was in 2019-20 when he started to earn minutes after twelve appearances across all competitions.
There was some concern that Jones could move on given the fact that the one-club man was down to the final year of his contract at Anfield, but those concerns have been put to bed while Liverpool also expects Roberto Firmino to agree to an extension in the near future.
“I’m made up to sign a new contract with my boyhood club. This means a lot to me! There is so much more I’ve got to show and that I want to achieve with Liverpool. Excited for what the future will bring Thank you for your continued support!”
While the Reds are expected to see James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and Naby Keïta all walk out on free transfers this summer, locking Jones into such a long extension confirms the club’s intention on utilizing the England youth international as a core puzzle piece for the future.
Reflecting on his time spent with the club, Jones opened up on how he has been able to progress each season while being among a squad that has never applied pressure.
“I’d describe it as ‘open arms’. I came in, I think I was 17, and you’re always a little bit nervous or you want to impress or you can kind of overdo it at times. But ever since I’d been there, the lads were all calm.”
“They always said, ‘we know that you’re here because you’re good enough, so be you and just enjoy it’ and it’s the best advice I’ve had. So, I settled in well and each year I think I’ve got better, so I’d like to see how that carries on.”