How do you improve on perfection?

Jurgen Klopp might not want to publicly admit it, but his current Liverpool crop are as close to being perfect as football teams tend to get.

There are no glaring weaknesses to point out, that's for sure.

Strong defensively and relentless going forward, this Liverpool team can play football with the best sides, they can mix it physically and they can adapt their game to any challenge tactically.

On top of that, they are - in Klopp's words - 'mentality giants'. Just ask Barcelona or countless others who have fallen victim to the Reds' powers of recovery.

So if Klopp thought breaking Liverpool's 30-year hoodoo was tough, his next job is even tougher.

Because he's got to ensure Liverpool raise their game to even greater heights.

No easy task, then. But there are two proven ways of doing just that.

Let's think of them as the simple way and the hard way.

The former would be to go out and spend, spend and spend some more. It's what the likes of Man City and Chelsea have done in the past to ensure their squads remain competitive and push their current stars to continue to perform at their maximum.

It's often the most exciting way but it's not always the most effective. Spending is risky. Transfers can upset the applecart. Just look at what's happened to Man City after another summer splurge on Rodri, Joao Cancelo and Angelino.

The other choice is the preferred method for Klopp, though. Yes, it requires some spending, but it mainly involves coaching and coaxing every last drop of potential from the first team, the under-23s and the academy.

It also means having a specific transfer plan, only buying players that compliment what is already in the squad and having others ready to progress into the first team.

Luckily for Jurgen Klopp, he has one man not so much banging on his door but kicking it clean off of its hinges.

That man is Curtis Jones.

The city centre-born teenager is ready and willing to make the next step.

The 19-year-old continued what is rapidly become a breakout season with a hat-trick for Liverpool's under-23s in a 6-0 romp against Sunderland this week and it was no less a statement than any of his exploits earlier this season.

Put simply, Jones just didn't belong out there. It wasn't fair on the bewildered Black Cats. He's a level above.

Jones has already put down a marker this term with a stunning goal against Everton in the FA Cup third round, as well as a goal and two accomplished displays against Shrewsbury in the fourth round.

He's now certain to be involved against Chelsea in the fifth round and chances are he'll increase his minutes in the first team once that Premier League title is wrapped up.

Such is the teenager's potential that Liverpool shelved plans for him to go out on loan in the second half of the season.

And Klopp will need to ensure the pathway is clear for his development to continue at pace next term.

That is why Liverpool won't rush into the market to splurge £100m plus on somebody like Kai Havertz.

Jones is, after all, just one year younger than the German international, operates in a similar area of the pitch and while he may be significantly less experienced, chances at Liverpool are much harder to come by than at Leverkusen.

And Jones is perfectly suited to filling in two positions that Liverpool might be keen to fill. He's capable of operating in the front three as an alternative to Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah, or he can be the creative outlet Liverpool have often lacked in midfield.

With both Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain failing to nail down that position as their own, perhaps Jones will become a contender next season.

Klopp set out his criteria for new signings at the weekend when he remarked that players ready to fight for their positions.

“On the one side, it’s easier if players see you as that [the best team in the world]. If they see you are successful, it’s easier to get into talks with players," he said.

"But on the other side, it’s more difficult the better your team is because they ask questions like ‘where and when would I play?’

“We need players who want to be part of this, who want to fight for their spot, who want to make the next step together with us, who want to develop and improve so that’s it.

“We have these players and whoever wants to join us, needs to have exactly this kind of attitude.”

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It's a good attitude to have, and it's one that Klopp has ready made at Melwood.

Jones has shown he is willing and able to do just that - and chances are the pressure on his more experienced team-mates is only going to increase from here on in.

It's why there's no doubt that when Klopp, Michael Edwards and Liverpool's scouting department sit down to discuss their summer plans, Jones' name will surely be mentioned.

In fact, it's a safe bet the plan could centre around Anfield's next big thing. He's ready.