Three Liverpool players who showed value to Klopp despite Europa League loss

Liverpool suffered a 2-1 defeat to Royale Union Saint-Gilloise but three stars still showed they can have a big say in the Reds' season.

Jurgen Klopp's side had already qualified for the knockout rounds of the Europa League ahead of their visit to Belgium, leading the German to rest his biggest stars ahead of Sunday's tantalising clash with Manchester United. He fielded Liverpool's youngest ever European starting line-up – and that was apparent as they failed to create and leaked chances throughout.

Klopp would have been disappointed with several of his more senior players – but there were a few who gave a good account of themselves, including goal-scorer Jarell Quansah. The academy graduate's impressive performance certainly would've shown his value, though Daily Star Sport identified two more positives from an otherwise dismal evening.

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Jarell Quansah

The 20-year-old bounced back from his disappointment of conceding a controversial penalty against Crystal Palace last weekend with an assured performance. There was little to get excited about for Liverpool in the first-half, but the young centre-back momentarily turned into a seasoned striker, controlling the ball from a corner and smashing it home.

His first goal for the Reds shouldn't detract from his calm and collected approach in possession, as well as some well timed interceptions and tackles in the second half. Another technically sound performance means there are surely more Premier League appearances on the horizon for Quansah.

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Caoimhin Kelleher

It's difficult to heap praise on a goalkeeper once they've made a mistake for the opening goal. Kelleher should have done better as Mohamed Amoura ambitiously sought to take the ball around him, getting a touch to the ball but not enough to deny the Algerian his goal.

Yet the Irishman had already made two excellent saves before the opener to deny USG, along with commanding his penalty area confidently when faced with corners. And the score-line surely would have been worse had it not been for his heroics, with a second-half save to deny Amoura being the pick of the bunch.

Ibrahima Konate

The talented Frenchman looked to be coasting through at points in the first-half before he was taken off for Joe Gomez. Konate wasn't helped by being thrusted into a makeshift back four, but he was called into action several times early on with a series of clearances and blocks.

Most importantly for Klopp, however, is that the injury-blighted centre-back came through unscathed with some crucial minutes under his belt. Konate's involvement will be crucial in the busy upcoming winter period, with fixtures coming thick and fast and a one-point lead to protect atop the Premier League.

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