Jurgen Klopp was instrumental in keeping Jarell Quansah at Liverpool this summer, with the Reds boss 'vetoing' the option of sending the centre back out on loan again.
20-year-old Quansah is Liverpool's latest academy graduate – having joined the club at the age of five – and earned his first start for the Reds in the 3-1 win over Wolves at the weekend, after cameos off the bench in the wins over Aston Villa and Newcastle.
The centre back, who spent part of last season on loan at Bristol Rovers, earned praise from Klopp for an assured performance at Molineux and looks set for a bright future at Anfield.
The young defender was part of the England team that won the Under-19s European Championships in 2022, while his 16 appearances at Bristol Rovers in 2022/23 marked his only senior football prior to making his Liverpool debut.
However, despite his lack of experience, the Daily Mail reports that Klopp already trusts Quansah to step up when needed. It is reported that the manager even 'vetoed' the possibility of a loan move this summer, despite having 'plenty of offers' on the table.
Quansah appears set for considerable exposure this season, with Liverpool not having made any defensive additions to the team during the transfer window, instead focussing their recruitment efforts on the midfield rebuild.
While no new signings came in, Liverpool loaned out defenders Nat Phillips and Calvin Ramsay, pushing Quansah further up the pecking order.
Early season injury issues for Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ibrahima Konate, coupled with Virgil van Dijk's suspension, saw Quansah given his big break, and the Europa League campaign could provide further opportunities to impress.
Speaking ahead of the Reds' opener against LASK on Thursday, Van Dijk hailed Quansah's debut performance as 'outstanding'.
"Well, particularly on the weekend, he was outstanding in my opinion," the Liverpool captain said. "To play away at Wolves, difficult game, but I think for the amount of time he played he was outstanding.
"For him to stay cool-headed, do the job, he was very solid, someone you could build in that game and it was great to see. I was very proud and pleased for him. He should just see it as a start - but it’s a very good start. He has to keep going, keep working, keep learning, but he is at a great club, a great environment and a great team in my opinion, so just keep going."