Van Dijk highlights ‘big challenge’ facing in-form Liverpool starlet

Date published: Wednesday 6th October 2021 12:12 - Lewis Oldham

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk has highlighted a “big challenge” that is currently facing Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones.

The 20-year-old made his Premier League debut for Liverpool during the 2019/20 season. He established himself as a regular the year after as he played 34 times across all competitions.

Jones was out of the team at the start of this campaign. But in recent weeks he has returned to the fold.

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Jones set up two goals as Liverpool beat Porto 5-1 in the Champions League group stages last week. He also has a goal and an assist from his last two league outings against Brentford and Man City.

Van Dijk has told the club’s official website that Jones’ “big challenge” now is to be consistent for Liverpool:

“Unfortunately, Harvey [Elliot] got injured like everyone knows, of course, and was doing so well,” Van Dijk said.

“It was difficult probably for Curtis to see that a little bit because obviously he wanted to play, but saw Harvey doing so well. Now he had to take his chance.

“At the moment, I think if you look at our midfield, Naby is still doing very well, Oxlade is doing very well, so it’s not easy to be out there.

“Obviously in the last couple of games, he’s shown that he has the quality to be there and is doing well.

“He’s still young, he’s still learning, he has a great mentality. He has to keep that going. It’s only the start for him and he has to keep showing it.

“The most difficult part of being a football player is being consistent, so that’s going to be a big challenge for him. But so far, so good.”

Elsewhere, John Arne Riise has called for Liverpool to sign Erling Haaland:

“Obviously I would love to have him at Liverpool, because he’s an unbelievable player.

“He’s in great form, and I think he would suit (Jurgen) Klopp’s style of football. I also think he would love Liverpool as a club.

“But if (Man) City got him, wow! You talk about unbeatable teams, then that would be close!”

Riise added: “Whoever gets Haaland, whether it’s next season or whatever, is going to be an unbelievably strong team for many years to come.

“I don’t know if Liverpool have the chance to sign him, but if they do then please do, because that would be unbelievable for the club, or for any club that signs him.”

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