When Curtis Jones featured for the England U21 team against Andorra after manager Lee Carsley said Jones would not be risked if there was any worry about a knock he sustained during training, it was expected that Jones would be fit for the Watford match. Instead, the young Scouser was deemed injured and unable to participate by the Liverpool medical staff.
Curtis, who has been impressive in a starting role after both Harvey Elliott and Thiago went out with injury, is now set to miss his second match in a row. He was pictured warming up with the rest of the team ahead of their trip to Madrid, but Jürgen Klopp said Jones is not yet ready.
“Unfortunately, Curtis was only with us in the warming up and will be here in Liverpool to hopefully make the final steps to full training,” said Klopp.
“Today he did only warming up and then did his stuff, but still individual training and we decided to leave him here to continue that. And then hopefully he is ready for United.”
While Curtis is at least getting back on the field for team warm ups, Thiago was completely absent from the training session as he is still trying to recover from a calf issue. The Spanish midfielder has been out since mid-September, missing five games over that span. It was initially thought he might be fit after the international break, but Thiago is still only able to do individual drills, and hasn’t been back in training with the team. It seems unlikely he will be fit for Manchester United at this point.