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Curtis Jones could be ‘forced out’ of Liverpool by Thiago Alcantara, says Paul Merson

Paul Merson has suggested that Curtis Jones will be thinking of a Liverpool exit after Thiago Alcantara’s arrival.

The Reds youngster started both of the Reds’ Carabao Cup fixtures, including their penalty shootout defeat to Arsenal.

In contrast, in the Premier League, Jones has yet to start a game, playing just 24 minutes in the opening three games.

And the arrival of Thiago, according to Merson, could force Jones out of Klopp’s squad.

Jones scored two in the 7-2 demolition of Lincoln City last month

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Merson told Sky Sports: “He’s 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 into the team.

“All of a sudden Thiago comes in.

“He’s probably thinking, ‘I’m doing alright at the moment, I’m playing well’.

“All of a sudden Thiago comes in and you think, ‘where does that leave me?’

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“If push comes to shove I think Thiago goes and plays further forward rather than Jones.”

However, Jamie Redknapp believes his direct competition will be Georgino Wijnaldum – but does admit he could leave, if his route into the first-team is blocked.

“I would guess he’d be up more against the likes of Wijnaldum or further forward players,” Redknapp said. “He’s one of those that can get…