Liverpool rebuffed Leeds United’s advances after the Premier League rivals enquired about a loan deal for Curtis Jones during the summer transfer window, as reported by Goal.com.
At this stage, it is common knowledge that Leeds tried and failed to sign Chelsea starlet Conor Gallagher before the England U21 international opted for the home comforts of London instead, making the short journey from Stamford Bridge to Selhurst Park.
If Gallagher’s brilliant brace against West Ham last time out is anything to go by, you can see why Marcelo Bielsa was so disappointed to learn that a man who has been linked with a move to West Yorkshire for some time had once again slipped through Leeds’ fingers.
But while Gallagher obviously felt he would be better served continuing his development at a Palace side looking to put together a squad chock-full of exciting, technically-gifted up-and-comers under Patrick Vieira, Leeds’ pursuit of 20-year-old Jones hit the buffers for an altogether different reason.
Why did Liverpool stop Curtis Jones joining Leeds?
According to Goal, Victor Orta, the club’s cult hero director of football, approached Liverpool this summer to enquire about whether Jones would be available for a short-term loan deal.
But the 2019 Champions League winners wasted little time making it clear that the Scouse-born play-maker would not be going anywhere – either on a temporary or a permanent deal.
Jones has not played a minute of Premier League football so far this season – left out of the squad for the 1-1 draw with Chelsea and the 3-0 win at Norwich City – but it is expected that he will still have plenty of opportunities this season, with cup competitions and European exploits set to test the depth of Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
“He is an exceptional talent and we will have some fun with him I am pretty sure in the future,” Klopp told The Mail last year of a man who shot to fame with a wondrous winner in a FA Cup victory over Merseyside rivals Everton two seasons ago.