Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones has been told he's 'not good enough' to play for Liverpool by former England international Gabby Agbonlahor.
The 21-year-old has struggled with injuries this season and has made just 11 appearances in all competitions for Liverpool, with six of those coming in the Premier League. Speaking to The Mirror, as cited by Anfield Watch's Twitter account, Agbonlahor singled out Jones for criticism and also said that Liverpool simply don't have the legs in midfield anymore.
“You bring in Curtis Jones into the team, he’s not good enough for me for where Liverpool want to go, he’s not really taking his chance in midfield.
Gabby Agbonlahor on Curtis Jones:
"Henderson's legs, Fabinho’s legs, Thiago's legs have all gone. When you play how Liverpool play, you need players to be younger or have more speed, more legs."
Agbonlahor went on to say that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp isn't completely blameless for the Reds' poor form this season as they find themselves ninth in the Premier League, ten points behind fourth-placed Manchester United.
"I said last week that Jurgen Klopp has to take some responsibility because the group of players he's got available here, he needs to be getting more out of.
"If you're this mentality monster manager who gets the best out of players, motivates them, you shouldn't be losing to Brighton 3-0. You shouldn't be capitulating at stadiums like you are."
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
It's a bit painful to admit it, but Agbonlahor isn't entirely wrong. While Curtis Jones burst onto the scene as an exciting player, he hasn't really developed as much as Liverpool fans would've hoped. He's still only 21 and has a lot of room for improvement, but the Reds need players who can step up and deliver the goods immediately to become a competitive side once again.
As for his comments on Jurgen Klopp, Agbonlahor can't be blamed for saying that Liverpool should be in a much better position despite the injuries they've had, as a club of such stature is expected to compete on all fronts season after season. That said, Klopp hasn't done too much wrong since joining the club in 2015, so he deserves all the time in the world to turn things around.