Jay Reid: “Jones Has Staked Claim to be First Choice Midfielder”

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Jim Boardman and Jay Reid are back to discuss yet more 3-1 wins as the Reds won their fourth game in a row by that scoreline. That game, against Leicester, followed the win over West Ham a few days before, the only one of the four where Klopp’s side didn’t need to come from a game behind.

On this week’s show:

  • Two home wins – West Ham and Leicester
  • Who does Dominik Szoboszlai remind us of?
  • Local lad Curtis Jones right-back and captain for the night – at home
  • Do we know our best midfield three – and is Jones in it?
  • Can we save money on defensive cover by allowing Quansah more game time?
  • New investment at the club – but nothing like the way it was billed almost a year ago
  • A look ahead to the trip to Tottenham – is this ‘new Spurs’ really that new?
  • Europa League’s return including the Mac Allister show
  • More fun from across the park, where it’s getting very bouncy all of a sudden

Although Curtis Jones played as right-back against Leicester, wearing the armband, Jay says he’s staked a claim to be a first choice midfielder, despite all the midfield signings this summer. “We’ve been scratching our heads for how long as to what is his best position, but I think we’re slowly discovering part of that midfield three is where he’s most comfortable right now.

“Arguably you would say that shirt is his, alongside Szoboszlai and Mac Allister in that midfield three, and he’s done nothing to harm his chances. And getting the captaincy at home to lead Liverpool out is an honour for any player, but as a local lad being able to do that at Anfield is something you can never take away, it’s a special feeling for him.”

There was also investment news from Anfield just before recording started, as FSG announced “a strategic common equity minority investment” from global sports investment firm Dynasty Equity. Neither the club nor FSG have released any figures as to how big a minority that is, but that hasn’t stopped the guesswork in the press.

Late last year one outlet broke news of FSG looking for investment in the club, but pitched their story as though FSG looking to sell up completely. Jim was suspicious from the off about that ever being the case. “All that stuff when the news was first released, that they were looking for people to invest in the club, to me what FSG were saying at the time was: ’We’re looking for people to join us, not selling, we want people to join us, to put some money in, to join us in what we’re doing. Their investment will grow because the value of the club will grow.’” Jim adds: “I never thought at the time that anything that was being said was: ‘We are actually trying to sell,’ and that seems to be the case if this is, by the looks of it, the only change that’s going to happen.”

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