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Liverpool: Klopp could unearth Reds’ next Joe Gomez in Jarell Quansah

Since Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp took over at the club back in October 2015, the 54-year-old has used a significant number of players during his time at Anfield.

One of those is centre-back Joe Gomez, who joined Liverpool from Charlton Athletic in June 2015 in a reported £3.5m deal and has since gone on to make 122 appearances under the German across all competitions.

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Despite Gomez only being 24 years of age, Klopp could unearth Liverpool’s next version of the England defender in 18-year-old Jarell Quansah.

As a product of Liverpool’s youth academy, the teenager has made 37 appearances for their under-18 side, chipping in with three goals and two assists along the way.

The defender, who has been described in the past as a “leader” on the pitch by under-18 boss Marc Bridge-Wilkinson, has also started to get to grips with Liverpool’s under-23 side, with five appearances under his belt.

Despite predominantly operating as a centre-back, Quansah has occasionally played as a right-back, which makes him a good candidate to be the next Gomez in Klopp’s squad given how the 24-year-old has also played a significant number of games at right-back during his career.

Moving forward, if Quansah can keep playing regularly for the under-23s at Liverpool for the rest of the season, there’s no reason why he can’t then go on to start knocking on Klopp’s door to get some first-team minutes under his belt.

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Also, with Liverpool’s current senior centre-back duo Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip both having hit the age of 30, Quansah could well become a potential long-term replacement for one of them if they end up leaving the club in the next few years, thus saving the club millions in potential transfer fees in the process.

Considering how Klopp has given numerous Liverpool youngsters their Premier League debuts during his reign at the club who have gone on to become regulars in the senior squad, such as Trent Alexander-Arnold, Curtis Jones and Neco Williams, this should give Quansah the confidence that he could follow in their footsteps and break into the Reds’ firs team at some point in the future.

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Article title: Liverpool: Klopp could unearth Reds’ next Joe Gomez in Jarell Quansah

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