Jurgen Klopp has decided to keep youngster Jarell Quansah with the Liverpool first-team after an impressive pre-season.

Quansah featured in all five of the Reds’ summer friendlies, slotting in well alongside his more senior colleagues in central defence.

And according to the Liverpool Echo, his efforts could lead to a first-team slot this season. They claim that not all of the young players involved in pre-season for the Reds were invited back to senior training at Kirkby.

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However, Quansah was one of just three outfield players who were. The others – Ben Doak and Bobby Clark have both already made competitive debuts for Liverpool.

But with the 20-year-old now spotted working out with the first-team ahead of Sunday’s clash with Chelsea, the suggestion is that he could soon join that list.

Klopp takes further look at Quansah

It’s no secret that Liverpool have been exploring centre-back options this summer. With Joel Matip aging and Joe Gomez struggling a little, Jurgen Klopp could do with another option.

Throughout the transfer window, links to defensive additions have largely been for left-sided options.

It seems as though Liverpool would like to add a player who can slot in a left centre-back as well as at full-back.

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Although Quansah isn’t a left-footer, he has been mostly playing on the left-side of the defence this summer. On the whole, the young man has done well.

It can obviously be dangerous to judge academy prospects based on freindly games. Things are totally different when turning out for Liverpool competitively.

But regardless of that, there have been signs that Quansah could be a genuine option this season. If Nat Phillips does end up departing, you can easily see him being Liverpool’s fifth-choice for example.

So, we think it’s a good decision for Jurgen to keep him around. Go and show what you can do, Jarell!

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