Paul Merson believes Curtis Jones could consider leaving Livrpool in the future due to a lack of first-team football.
Even though Jones has started both of the Reds’ Carabao Cup games so far this season, the 19-year-old is yet to feature in Jurgen Klopp’s line-up in the league.
The Liverpool-born midfielder scored a brace in the side’s 7-2 thrashing of Lincoln City last week, scoring his fourth and fifth goals for the club.
Speaking ahead of the Reds’ second clash with Arsenal in just four days, Merson questioned Jones’ future at Anfield.
The ex-Gunners midfielder said on Sky Sports: “He is a very good player, but how long do you stay at Liverpool?
“I don’t see him playing at the moment, I don’t see him getting in the team. All of a sudden, Thiago comes in and he’s probably thinking, ‘I’m doing alright at the moment, I’m playing well’, but then Thiago comes in and you think, ‘Where does that leave me?’.
“If push comes to shove, I think Thiago plays more forward in Jones’ position.”
Jamie Redknapp, who joined Merson in the Sky Sports studio, believes cup games may be the best option for the midfielder to get first-team football at the moment.
The former Red also spoke about the influence of the more senior figures - such as James Milner and Jordan Henderson - on the teenage talent.
“At 19 years of age, this is where he is going to get his games right now,” Redknapp said.
“In terms of midfield players, he’s got all of the attributes, but there does come a time where you wanna play and be in the first-team.
“I mean this in the nicest possible way, but he’s a very lucky man because he’s got great senior players and role-models around him.
“Every day, I bet it’s an education being around James Milner, Jordan Henderson, players that do everything right. It’s so easy for young players to get affected by all of the surroundings around you, but he will be training and learning the basics really well.”