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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists it is time for Curtis Jones to come out of the shadows and step up, after the German had a 'long chat' with the young midfielder

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has had 'a long talk' with Curtis Jones as he believes it is now time for the academy graduate to step up and start fulfilling his potential.

The 20-year-old has endured a difficult time since October, with a freak eye injury in training being followed by a Covid-enforced absence.

However, he had previously shown flashes of his brilliance, dominating the game in the 5-1 Champions League win over Porto, and with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane - at the Africa Cup of Nations - and hip-injury victim Thiago Alcantara all absent his creativity could be an important factor in the coming weeks.