By Adefunmiloye Alani

19th Sep, 2021 | 8:10pm

Carlton Palmer understands why Liverpool blocked Leeds loan move for Jones

Carlton Palmer has suggested he knows why Liverpool prevented Curtis Jones from joining Leeds on loan after Victor Orta’s request.

According to Goal, the Elland Road outfit got in touch with the Reds to ask about a temporary deal for the English midfielder, 20, with their sporting director keen to see a move work out.

Despite the fierce competition for playing chances in the middle of the park at Liverpool, Jones remains very much a part of manager Jurgen Klopp’s plans for the new season.

Palmer believes the German was never going to allow the youngster out of his sight given his huge talent.

The former Leeds midfielder told This Is Futbol: “Listen, you always ask the question, don’t you? You always ask the question. He’s very talented.

“The boy is very talented, but he did get minutes last season. I think he played 29 games in the big competitions for Liverpool.

“He’ll get minutes again at Liverpool this season, so I can see why Jurgen wouldn’t let him out at this moment of time.”

Unfortunate

Jones featured in 24 Premier League games last term, starting 13 times, while he started all of the five Champions League matches he featured in.

The Liverpool academy graduate has come off the bench in both competitions so far this term, and while he might have played way more than that at Leeds had a loan move worked out, the player would not have any complains.

He is a quality player that would have helped solve the Whites’ need for depth in midfield, but Klopp wanted to hold on to him.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side are yet to pick up a win after five Premier League games, but their inability to sign a central midfielder in the summer has not in any way contributed to their uninspiring start to the new season.

They have scored just five goals and shipped 12, and they need to really improve at both ends of the pitch if they wish to quickly get their campaign back on track and impress like they did last term.

Given their current form and performances, not even the addition of Jones would have changed anything.

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