Liverpool's Jarell Quansah transfer decision vindicated by Jurgen Klopp comments

Jarell Quansah has made 25 appearances for Liverpool this season
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It appears that Jarell Quansah is going nowhere this summer amid Newcastle's attempts to include him in a deal for Anthony Gordon.

It emerged on Saturday that Newcastle United had approached Liverpool to see if it wanted to sign England international Gordon, in a move that would see Quansah head in the other direction.

However, while Liverpool does hold interest in the former Everton winger, talks broke down after the Reds made it clear Quansah would not be part of any deal.

In short, Liverpool views him as an integral part of their future. The 2023/24 season was a breakthrough campaign for the 21-year-old, who made 33 appearances in all competitions.

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So impressive was Quansah last term, he was also part of Gareth Southgate’s 33-man England provisional squad for Euro 2024. While he didn’t quite make the cut for the final squad, it’s clear to see at international level, he is also held in high regard.

And given former Reds boss Jurgen Klopp ’s previous comments about Quansah, whom he brought into the first team at Anfield, it’s easy to see why Liverpool won’t entertain any move away from Merseyside for the center-back.

"I liked him from the first moment I saw him,” said Klopp last season. "I knew he was a good footballer and it's special how calm he is on the ball. It was all about how ready he would be for adult football.

“Being the best in your age group means nothing. I didn't expect him to deal with it this quickly." He added: “His pre-season was super positive. We got asked a lot about signing a new centre-half. We thought about that as well, we don't ignore potential issues.

‌“But when we saw him, it was clear we would not go for it. We would have our own solution, without knowing how much game-time he would get. He is now a proper, proper part of the squad and the rotation. It's not about performing, it's about sharing the intensity."

Given the talent Liverpool has at center-back, it will be interesting to see how new manager Arne Slot looks to utilise Quansah this coming season.

Virgil van Dijk is a certainty to start, but it is up in the air as to who partners him. If Slot wants to bring in a left-footed centre-back, a profile Liverpool’s squad is currently lacking, it could mean Quansah is afforded less game time, with van Dijk likely to shift across to the right-sided centre-back role.