Liverpool could land up with an academy giant Jarell Quansah as a perfect heir to Joel Matip. The Reds have overcome last year’s disastrous season and are now pushing for a more successful season. They have now secured ten points in first four games of the Premier League campaign.
The more important point, however, is not the points tally but the revival of cohesion among the Liverpool squad members in such a short period of time. The Reds’ focus was on their midfield rebuild after a disappointing previous campaign. The club witnessed the exits of some club legends like James Milner, Oxalade Chamberlain & Naby Keita after their contracts expired. In contrast, Fabinho and skipper Jordan Henderson were sold to Saudi Arabian sides.
The additions of Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai, Wataru Endo, and Ryan Gravenberch have replenished the club’s midfield. For this season, Liverpool will endure with the same backline. But to regain their English and European glory, they must ensure a lasting transition at the back.
Is Quansah a replacement for Joel Matip in Liverpool?
The veteran center-back is now in his final year of the contract and is most likely to leave Anfield next summer. Signed on a free transfer from Schalke in 2015, Matip made 189 appearances and scored 11 goals for the club. Moreover, Jamie Carragher even praised him for “outstanding” performances under Jurgen Klopp.
The 20-year-old Quansah has been a part of Liverpool academy for considerable time. Blessed with innate technical ability and pace, Quansah completed a loan move to Bristol Rovers last season as Klopp and co wanted him to experience first-team matches. Quansah made 17 appearances completing 78% of his passes and averaging 4.3 tackles per game.
His chance to make a Reds debut came against Newcastle United. The Reds pulled an incredible comeback after being a goal & man down courtesy of Nunez’s brace. Quansah came as a sub in the 77th minute but looked like the part after a memorable victory. Allowing Quansah to develop within the first team can prove to be a masterstroke. With Matip likely to exit next summer, he is the shrewd and most suitable replacement.
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