Jarrell Quansah made a real statement with his display for Liverpool on Thursday night, with arguably his best moment coming after 69 minutes of action. The Reds youngster started against LASK in the Europa League, with the Austrian side traveling to Anfield to battle for three points.

In the 69th minute, Quansah found himself as the last line of Liverpool's defense after Sascha Horvath picked up a loose ball in the middle of the park, with Jürgen Klopp's men very much out of shape. The 20-year-old defender proceeded to manage the situation without selling himself, instead opting to jockey alongside his opponent before blocking the resulting shot from Moses Usor.

His behavior depicted shades of a certain Virgil van Dijk, as rather than making a panicked action, he approached the danger with complete composure before putting out the fire with relative ease. Indeed, Klopp himself compared him to his captain in a clip that emerged on social media last week.

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The German coach was pictured on the training ground on Merseyside, and he quietly labeled Quansah as 'Virgil 2.0' in his praise. He proceeded to praise him once again on Thursday night, with the academy graduate proving to be one of the reasons behind Liverpool keeping a clean sheet against LASK.

"A lot of people told us we should buy a center half before this season," he said, firing shots at those who perhaps place too much weight on what happens in the transfer market. "We knew we had Jarrell. Did we know he would show up like this? Probably not, but the future is bright for Liverpool."

Klopp certainly has a point regarding Quansah's development. So far, he looks like he ticks virtually every box. He is youthful, cool, capable in possession and imposing on the physical side of the game, standing around the same height as Van Dijk. The Englishman also possesses homegrown status, which is always a perk in the Premier League market.

Quansah has everything on his side to become quite a talent for Liverpool, although there is one quality that he doesn't offer.

Simply put, the Reds defender prefers to use his right boot. That isn't necessarily a problem, but it puts him in the same bracket as all of his Anfield peers including Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joël Matip and Ibrahima Konaté. Klopp doesn't have a left-footed option in the heart of his defense, and that has been the case since Ragnar Klavan left the club in 2018.

Footedness isn't everything but it is a quality that tends to be valued by other managers in England. Pep Guardiola, for example, who is recognized as Klopp's biggest rival, believes that it is important to have left-footed options at the back, which perhaps explains why he signed Joško Gvardiol from RB Leipzig over the summer.

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Alongside the Croatian international, the Manchester City boss also has Nathan Aké. Aymeric Laporte was another option for him before the Frenchman moved to Saudi Arabia in the summer. In fact, Guardiola talked about the need for a left-footed center-back when he signed him from Athletic Bilbao in 2018.

"It’s so important to have a left-footed central defender," he said at the time (via the Manchester Evening News). "He helps us to make our build-up and when the ball comes from the right, he immediately controls to the left and plays it to Leroy [Sané] — that is quicker than we would play with a right-footer in that position."

Aside from Guardiola, similar applies to his peers in the Premier League. Mikel Arteta has Gabriel Magalhães and Jakub Kiwior at Arsenal, for example, and Erik ten Hag has Lisandro Martínez at Manchester United. Newcastle United has Sven Botman and Dan Burn, Chelsea has Levi Colwill, and Aston Villa has Tyrone Mings and Pau Torres.

Klopp has a gang of righties at Anfield, and that is largely why supporters expected the Reds to make a defensive signing in their most recent window. Quansah is a quality operator, but he looks like a potential replacement for Matip above anything else, who plays on the right of Liverpool's defense and has a contract that is due to expire in 2024.

On the left side, Van Dijk is the guaranteed starter but now aged 32, he will need to be replaced in the coming years. It would be nice for Liverpool to source a left-footed player to be his heir, with Quansah perhaps better suited to the right side. Overall, Klopp certainly has options at the back, but he is still lacking that left-footed solution.

Around 75 per cent of players in the Premier League are righties, and that captures exactly why Liverpool is struggling to find what it hasn't got. Quansah looks like more of a diamond with every passing week, but even with him making an impression, Klopp's silent void still exists.