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Liverpool boss Klopp defiant in response to Curtis Jones call
Jurgen Klopp was defiant in his explanation for handing Curtis Jones his first start in Europe against Ajax on Wednesday night.
Teenager Jones was handed his first Champions League start for Liverpool in their opening Group D match in Amsterdam.
The 19-year-old was one of four changes from Saturdays Merseyside draw with Everton, three of those enforced due to injuries to Virgil Van Dijk, Joel Matip and Thiago Alcantara.
Asked about the call to give Jones a start, Klopp said: “Because he is good enough, that’s it.
“And because of the situation, of course – we had a few problems, we have to make sure how we can start and how we can finish the game and all these type of things.
“So that’s the reason – he’s goo enough. That’s why he plays.”
Joe Gomez came into central defence, where he was joined by midfielder Fabinho, with James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum lining up alongside Jones across the middle.
There was also a place on the Liverpool bench for 18-year-old Czech goalkeeper Vitezslav
Irish stopper Caoimhin Kelleher is involved as the first back-up to Adrian.
Ajax included familiar former Premier League names in Dusan Tadic, Daley Blind and Davy Klaassen.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 21, 2020
Liverpool: Adrian, Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Gomez, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Jones, Milner, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Subs: Kelleher, Jaros, Henderson, Minamino, Jota, Shaqiri, Origi, R. Williams, Cain, N. Williams.
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