The emergence of Jarell Quansah for Liverpool this season

Following the defensive crisis Liverpool have suffered this season, Jarell Quansah has had a breakout season and shown his class.

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Liverpool have had one of the strongest defences in the Premier League this season.

The Reds have only conceded 18 goals across the entirety of their top flight campaign thus far.

This number puts Liverpool at the bottom of the table in regards to goals conceded.

The next closest team to Jurgen Klopp’s men is title rivals, Arsenal.

They currently sit on 20 goals conceded which is also a very solid number.

Somewhat surprisingly, Liverpool’s rivals, Everton are within the top five for the least amount of goals conceded in the Premier League.

The Toffees have allowed just 26 goals against them. This is only surprising as Sean Dyche’s side find themselves in 17th, just one point safe from the relegation zone.

Granted, this is largely due to the 10 point deduction they suffered earlier in the season.

But, if Dyche’s side hadn’t had the 10 points taken from them, they would find themselves in 11th amongst the likes of Bournemouth and Fulham.

Liverpool’s defensive record is not only impressive due to the amount of goals that they have conceded as the Reds have been going through something of an injury crisis this season.

Both of Liverpool’s senior left-back have been out for number of weeks and Joel Matip has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

Trent Alexander-Arnold has also recently been ruled out for the best part of a month after he strained his knee ligaments during Liverpool’s clash against Fulham.

This has left Liverpool with just three centre-backs in Virgil Van Dijk, Ibrahima Konate and Joe Gomez.

However, due to the injuries to both Andy Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas, Gomez has had to fill in at the left-back role.

And, with the injury to Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool are also without an experienced right-back.

What Jurgen Klopp has had to do to fill the gaps

Throughout the season, Jurgen Klopp has had to turn to his academy in order to try fill the defensive gaps within his team.

This has meant that the likes of Conor Bradley and Jarell Quansah have had to be called upon on multiple occasions.

Although he has now been loaned out, Luke Chambers was even trusted by the German manager to make his European debut against Toulouse in the Europa League group stage.

Chambers also made his debut for Liverpool during their Carabao Cup clash against Leicester.

However, despite many of the youngsters having stellar campaigns this season, one has stood out from the rest.

That player is, Jarell Quansah. The centre-back was on loan at Bristol Rovers last season and was amongst the clubs best players.

In summer, the 20-year-old was linked with multiple loan moves away from Liverpool in order to garner some first team experience.

However, Klopp decided against this and has decided to entrust him to partner Van Dijk on multiple occasions.

The season of Jarell Quansah in numbers

Jarell Quansah has surprisingly been amongst Liverpool’s top performers when he has been used throughout the 2023/24 campaign

At the time of writing, the defender has made 15 appearances for the Reds’ first team and has even managed to contribute to three goals thus far.

Within England’s top flight, the defender has appeared six times for Liverpool with three of those coming as starts.

During the six games, the defender has managed to complete 71% of his passes and recover the ball 13 times.

Furthermore, he has won 83% of the ground duels he has been involved in and has also managed to win three-quarters of the tackles he has attempted.

Despite being just 20-years-old, it feels as if he has been involves with the first team for years.

The defender is mature beyond his years and is currently on course to take over Matip’s role.

The 32-year-olds contract runs out at the end of the season and it is not yet known whether or not the defender will be offered a new deal.

If Quansah’s development continues as it has started, it could prove fatal to the future of Matip’s Liverpool career.

Quansah himself has spoken on his Liverpool future and stated,

At the start of the season when I’ve stayed and not gone on-loan I thought I want to play in these games,” Quansah said after Liverpool’s Europa League loss to Union Saint-Gilloise.

So obviously, it’s a shame what happened to Joel (Matip) and my condolences go to him.

But my idea was to try and get over him anyway and try and be a starting centre-back in the Premier League.”

Although his answer was fairly blunt, it showcases the self-belief the youngster has in his ability.

If he carries on the same level of self-belief and development across the rest of the campaign, Liverpool could have yet another world class player on their hands.

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