Liverpool youngster Jarell Quansah has revealed that he improves his game by watching and analyzing videos of Tottenham Hotspur defender Cristian Romero amongst others.
Quansah, a product of the Liverpool academy spent last season out on loan at Bristol Rovers and is currently now a part of the first-team setup under Jurgen Klopp. He has appeared nine times for the senior team across all competitions this season. (Transfermarkt)
Cristian Romero has established himself as one of the best defenders in the Premier League since moving to Tottenham from Atalanta in 2021 initially on a loan deal. He then joined permanently last season for a reported fee of £42m and has proven to be worth every penny. (Sky Sports)
The Argentinian World Cup winner has garnered a reputation for being a reckless and aggressive player which often lands him in trouble with the referees. In 75 appearances for Tottenham across all competitions, Romero has accumulated 24 yellow cards and four red cards. (Transfermarkt)
Even when answering a series of questions for the Premier League recently, his Tottenham teammate Richarlison revealed that Romero was the toughest to face in training.
Such aggressiveness got him into trouble in the recent Premier League clash against Chelsea which Tottenham eventually lost 1-4 after the 25-year-old defender was sent off for a tackle on his international teammate Enzo Fernandez.
Manager Ange Postecoglou has praised Cristian Romero a lot this season, calling him an ‘outstanding defender’ with a ‘real winner’s mindset’. He even highlighted his star defender’s leadership qualities. (Football. London)
Cristian Romero is an inspiration for Jarell Quansah
Quansah has been a real surprise package for Liverpool this season and is enjoying his breakthrough to the first team. He has been putting a lot of hard work behind the scenes though.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, the 20-year-old defender has revealed extensively watching videos of world-class defenders like Sergio Ramos, Leonardo Bonucci and Cristian Romero to improve his game
“I used to get high-cam footage instead of TV footage so you could see everything, how the back line moves and a little bit of everything. You just need to ask the right people.
“The way I learn is (by) watching players. These players have played 400-500 games at the top level. It would be stupid for me not to watch them. It’d be like having a resource and just throwing it away, I couldn’t live with myself if I did that.
“I love watching different countries and the way they defend. In Spain, I looked at Sergio Ramos, Bonucci in Italy and sometimes I’ll go on a mad one and watch any South American defenders. Especially Argentinian because I love the way they defend, Cristian Romero.”
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With regards to learning the art, Quansah does not need to look too far beyond his own teammate Virgil van Dijk. The Dutch centre-back is an encyclopaedia of defending and is the best person that the 20-year-old can learn from.
Quansah’s performance so far have defied his age and it is very clear that the extra effort he is putting behind the scenes is paying off big time for Liverpool.
The fact that Cristian Romero features in a list that has veterans like Bonucci and Ramos shows how special a player the Tottenham vice-captain is and we can be proud about having him in our ranks.
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