Jurgen Klopp says 20-year-old Liverpool youngster has improved so much


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hailed the development of centre-back Jarell Quansah.

It’s early days this season, but already Quansah is looking like a breakout star for the Reds. The 20-year-old reached another milestone last night, playing in Europe for the first time as a Liverpool player.

And Quansah didn’t disappoint. The 2-0 scoreline may make it look like this was a breeze for the Reds, but there were a number of hairy moments against Union Saint-Gilloise. All of which Quansah stood up brilliantly to. Questioned about his display in his post-match press conference, Klopp was effusive in his praise.

“That’s part of the development; if you are not ready for that [the physicality] then it’s difficult to play, to be honest, in adult football,” said the manager.

“But I was not in doubt about that, that he’s ready for that. It’s all because of him [that] it was not a difficult decision for us to line him up tonight.

“Still young, we have a really good football team together, [so] it means he will get minutes, he will play U21s as well and stuff like this, but it’s nice to see.

“It’s a joy to watch his development since he is properly with us. He’s a really good footballer on the ball, he is outstanding in that. The chance of Mo in the first half, he would have got the assist – it was top defending, really quick thinking, stepping into it. Probably he feels rather good tonight, I would say. Rightly so.”

Quansah has had to be patient to make the grade at Liverpool. Although tipped for big things some years ago, it had actually started to look like it might never happen for him at his boyhood club.

But, with a slight gap opening up in the defence this season, the centre-back has stepped up incredibly.

His presence may or may not have been the reason Liverpool chose to ignore the clamour for them to sign a defender this summer. But whether by plan or lucky accident, those calls to add to the squad have stopped completely. That’s all because of Jarell.

Of course, the excitement should be tempered somewhat. The last thing we want to do is burden the England U20 star with too much pressure to succeed.

But after six games with the senior squad, Quansah looks ready to be counted upon whenever needed.

Last night was a brilliant example of that. This was no cruise for Liverpool, there was plenty of defending to do. And although Ibrahima Konate was perhaps the game’s outstanding defender, his young partner wasn’t far behind.

There’s no need to start chucking Quansah in for Premier League games just yet, the Reds have more than enough cover for the time being. But if the time again comes for the youngster to step in, he’s shown he can be relied upon. Superb, Jarell, keep it going.

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