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Liverpool midfielder Jarell Quansah has joined Bristol Rovers on loan until the end of the season, the Reds have confirmed via their official website.

Quansah is the first young Reds talent to leave Anfield on a temporary deal during the January window, with the 19-year-old set to link up with Joey Barton’s side in League One.

The right-footed centre-back captained the Reds U18 side to the FA Youth Cup final in 2021. He was named in Liverpool’s matchday squad on a number of occasions last season, but is yet to make his senior debut for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

This campaign, he has made 11 appearances in Premier League 2 for the U21s, scoring one goal, and also has one goal and two assists to his name in five UEFA Youth League games.

Liverpool have decided that now is the right time for Quansah to gain experience of senior football, and he joins a Gas side that are three points away from the League One play-off places.

Liverpool youngster Quansah joins Bristol Rovers

Speaking to Bristol Rovers’ official website after completing the loan move, the young defender said: “I can’t wait to get started at Rovers. I’d known of the club’s interest in me for a little while and I’m looking forward to meeting all the lads and showing everyone what I can do.”

Quansah, who helped England to win the U19 European Championship last season, is the second January signing made by Barton, with goalkeeper Ellery Balcombe arriving from Brentford earlier this week.

The Reds youngster could play alongside former Liverpool midfielder Jordan Rossiter, who scored on his senior debut at Anfield in 2014 and was compared to Steven Gerrard.

Other notable players on the books at Rovers include former Celtic and Manchester City forward Scott Sinclair, ex-Stoke midfielder Glenn Whelan and 21-year-old Luke McCormick, who was previously at Chelsea.