Liverpool transfer decision hands Arne Slot new undroppable who changed Jurgen Klopp plans

Matheus Cunha battles for possession against Jarell Quansah during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Wolves at Anfield.
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New Liverpool head coach Arne Slot will have defender Jarell Quansah to turn to in the new season, despite links with a transfer away from the club.

The centre-back has broken into the first team over the last season. The 21-year-old played 17 times in the Premier League in the 2023/24 campaign, including starting five of the final six games of the season.

Reports on Saturday from the Daily Mail claimed that Quansah was part of a potential deal that would have seen winger Anthony Gordon arrive from Newcastle. Talks were however said to have broken down, with a potential deal now stalling.

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Despite the report, The ECHO understands that Liverpool have no plans to sell Quansah and he will be part of plans under Slot for the new campaign. The centre-back will look to impress his new manager during pre-season to establish himself as first-choice defender alongside Virgil van Dijk.

It is understood that Newcastle asking for Quansah to be part of the deal proved to be one of the sticking points in talks between the clubs. The defender signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool last May.

The departure of Joel Matip at the end of his contract this weekend plus Ibrahima Konate missing games through injury last season could give Qunasah a chance to stake his claim as an undroppable for Slot over the next few months.

Speaking back in January, Jurgen Klopp admitted that Quansah’s performances in pre-season prompted him to change his summer transfer plans. “The pre-season was super positive, super positive,” he said.

“We wanted to... so we got asked a lot that we have to sign a new centre-half. And obviously we were thinking about that as well, it’s not that we ignore potential issues or whatever.

“But when we saw him, it was clear that we will not go for it. That we will have our own solution. And without knowing how much game time he will get already this year. Because of the situation and because of his development, he is obviously now a proper, proper part of the squad, a proper part of the rotation.

“It’s not about performing, they all are good, it’s about how can you share intensity and he plays an important role… It’s an interesting package. I’m really excited about it.”

The defender will hope to have the same impact on his new manager in the upcoming pre-season. If so he will have a good chance of becoming a new undroppable for Liverpool.