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Rhian Brewster could become Liverpool’s own version of Jadon Sancho and could save Jurgen Klopp millions. When England won the under-17 World Cup three years ago, at the time, Brewster was considered as big a prospect as any of those other names, but picked up an ankle ligament injury not long afterwards that kept him out of action for over 12 months.
Signed from Chelsea in 2015, Brewster’s parents took the decision to move him up north at the age ecause they knew the pathway to the first-team at Anfield was much clearer. This summer, and into the 2020/21 season, his decision to make the switch could pay off.
On the latest Analysing Anfield podcast, Josh Williams said: “Quick, young and scores goals: Rhian Brewster. He’s played 22 Championship matches for Swansea and scored 11 goals. He only joined in January and that is quite an impact.
“It’s going to give the likes of Michael Edwards and Jurgen Klopp a decision to make because usually when these players go out on loan, if they don’t make an impact they just end up disappearing.
“But those who do make an impact, like in Brewster’s case, might even supplement the squad. He could be an internal solution. One big question is whether he is capable of being a wide forward in the mould of a Sadio Mane or a Marcus Rashford or a player like that. If he can play wide and cut inside towards goal, that bodes a lot better for him. If he is a ‘nine’, he is limited a lot more.”
While David Hughes added: “Some of the goals have been really good goals – and a variety of goals as well. He is more of a traditional ‘nine’ which could open doors for Liverpool tactically next season.
“I’d be surprised if he went out on loan next season because he can be bedded into the squad. I’m pretty sure Rashford came through exclusively through the middle but because of his skillset he can play wide and do really well. Maybe Brewster will be in the same position over the next season or two.”
If Brewster does push for more regular minutes then it might mean another temporary switch. Swansea have already expressed an interest in having his services again next season, with Jurgen Klopp keen to assess the player during their short pre-season.