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Liverpool: Jarell Quansah solved Jurgen Klopp’s transfer problem -Danny Murphy

Liverpool defender Jarell Quansah was praised after his first start against Wolves on Saturday.

Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has praised Jarell Quansah for his performances at Wolves.

The 20-year-old made his first start for the club at the weekend when he made his Reds debut as a substitute against Newcastle United earlier this season.

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Concerns over Ibrahima Konate’s fitness and Virgil van Dijk’s suspension, combined with Trent Alexander-Arnold’s absence, gave Quansah a great opportunity to step up.

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Jurgen Klopp was forced to field a mandatory back at Wolves, partnering Quansah with Joel Matip and Joe Gomez to cover the right back.

That caused some problems early on when Wolves took the lead at Molineux and it should have been more in between.

But a system change at half-time quickly got Liverpool back on track and they eventually clinched a dramatic 3-1 win with two late goals.

Former Reds midfielder Murphy has been impressed by Quansah’s performance and claimed the academy prospect could help ease concerns about the club’s defensive options.

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“Quansah, he’s been in Liverpool since he was a kid. A young boy, tall, he is graceful. It went really well, I think he did well,” Murphy told YouTube channel FIVE.

“The only worry about Liverpool was at the back because a lot of people are saying, ‘Without Konate, who will cover for Trent if he leaves?’ Matip, although he was brilliant, maybe he lost his footing.

And this young lad comes forward and seems to answer some of these questions. I think there’s more to come with Liverpool.”

The Reds have won four of their five games so far and go into their Europa League opener against LASK with confidence, although few of their wins have been straightforward.

Klopp’s side were twice reduced to 10 men and left on late to complete a comeback at Wolves. For Murphy, though, it’s proof the team is capable of mounting a championship challenge.

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“They started really well without playing that well. They keep coming from behind and giving themselves mountains to climb,” Murphy said.

“When Klopp was Klopp, he changed it [against Wolves] and adjusted the system. He went two up and I thought Diaz made a real difference.

I think Liverpool’s best team has Diaz and Nunez in the starting line-up.
“I like that Liverpool are back to where they were two seasons ago, where sometimes they don’t play that well and still get the job done.”

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