Everyone knows that Liverpool have recently lost a player who gave 110 per cent for the Reds all game every game.
A player who was without a doubt someone who brought the team together and helped Liverpool turn around their season with a bunch of heroic performances in the second half of the 2012/2013 season.
The fans loved him that much they even chanted they all dreamed of a team of this player. It could only be Jamie Carragher.
When it was announced that the Bootle born centre-back would be retiring at the end of last season Liverpool fans around the world started to worry who who could replace him. They needed someone with experience, leadership abilities and would give his all for the team. This was to be Kolo Toure.
Another thing the fans worried about was who would replace him in the long-term. But it soon came clear there was only one person who could possibly be this replacement. That player is young Lloyd Jones.
The 17-year-old centre-back was born in Plymouth and was playing for his local side when Liverpool noticed him. He signed for the Reds at the start of the 2011/2012 campaign and instantly became an integral part of the Liverpool under 16’s side.
Since then he has played for the under 17s, under 18s, under 19s and now features for the clubs highly rated under 21s side. The player was also named as a substitute for the first-team against Fulham towards the end of last season.
This mammoth of a centre-back, who was initially signed for £20,000, is a very big influence for Liverpool’s youth teams as he commands the backline in whichever age group he plays in. He isn’t one to shy away from a challenge and showed his ability to put in a cracking tackle in the recent 4-2 win over North-west rivals Manchester United's under 21 team.
One attribute he possess that the legendary defender Carragher didn’t is his threat when going forward. He can bring the ball out of defence by either passing it out or even dribble it out very much like Daniel Agger.
The final attribute that completes Jones’ defensive ability is his aerial threat. Whenever the ball is in the air don’t be too surprised to see him challenging for it. His heading makes him a massive asset to the Liverpool youth side as he can easily ease any sort of pressure from corners.
Being a greater header of a ball also adds to his attacking threat from set pieces and this has been proved a few times when he has scored for Liverpool from corners and free kicks. No doubt this will also make him a massive asset in the future as Liverpool seem to struggle at set pieces.
His rapid progression hasn’t gone unnoticed by the press either. Recently, Sky Sports scouts rated his potential ability at an outstanding ten out of ten, as well as a potential value of £30million. Jones can definitely live up to his potential and there doesn’t seem to be anything or anyone that is going to stop him.
The Welsh international has been likened to quite a few ex and current Liverpool defenders ranging from Alan Hansen to Agger, and looking at everything the big man has there is no reason why he can’t become the answer to the question ‘Is he the long term replacement of Jamie Carragher?’
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