Liverpool transfer stance revealed on player Bristol Rovers manager Joey Barton scouted

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Bristol Rovers could make a move for the England Under-19 international - and others

Liverpool are open to the idea of loaning out centre-back Jarell Quansah, it has emerged. The Premier League club want to send Quansah out on loan this transfer window and there could be numerous destinations for him including Bristol Rovers.

Pirates boss Joey Barton and Preston North End boss Ryan Lowe attended the Reds’ Premier League Cup win over PSG on Wednesday. Barton and Lowe’s presence on Merseyside prompted talk of a possible move to either of their clubs.

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Quansah has emerged as a player of interest given Rovers are searching for defensive reinforcements. The Gas have conceded the third most goals in League One and up to three defensive signings have been earmarked this transfer window.

Liverpool could provide a solution to Barton’s problems with the club seemingly happy to see one of their prospects leave for a beneficial loan. Rovers has housed numerous young players over Barton’s spell and that could bode well if negotiations begin.

“His progress over the last 12 months has been brilliant,” Liverpool Under-21’s coach Barry Lewtas said about Quansah to the Liverpool Echo.

“He has worked so hard on his game, especially out of possession and being more of a leader.

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“I imagine with the group that we have and the way we are playing, if you are a manager and you were looking to loan players, this would be a good place to come and watch.”

The Athletic report that Quansah is likely to be loaned out this month following the return of Billy Koumetio. They are keen for him to get ‘senior experience’ in the Football League, with numerous options.

Quansah has yet to play a game at senior level but has represented England up to Under-19 level, helping the Three Lions to glory. He is predominantly a centre-back but can also play at right-back. Quansah has been an unused substitute in two matches for Liverpool, which is an indication that he is highly rated.

The Warrington-born defender has captained Liverpool’s youth teams on numerous occasions and leadership is a quality that Barton likes in his players. Barton did suggest recruiting older defenders given the current crop may be naive but did not dismiss speculation.

“I say we need experienced defenders and then I go and watch a 21s game,” he said.

“I don’t care how old they are, I’ll level with you, whether they’re 36 or 16 - I just want good players.”

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