By Adam Brown – @AdamMNVi
Reports suggest Liverpool are considering the sale of Rhian Brewster with the condition of a buy-back clause, but the Reds would be making a mistake by selling the promising forward.
An impressive spell at Swansea City saw the 20-year-old score 11 goals in 22 appearances last season, and Brewster has continued his goal-scoring form in friendlies against Stuttgart and RB Salzburg. The forward looks a different player to the one that featured against Bradford for Liverpool in 2019 – sharper, more intelligent, and clinical.
Not many other players in our squad are capable of scoring a goal like this
We should keep Brewster next season pic.twitter.com/hf8qbZ1lE9
— 19 Times (@LFCLiverbird96) September 6, 2020
Multiple Premier League clubs have been in touch with the Reds over acquiring the U17 World Cup winner, but Brewster should only be loaned out if he is to leave the club at all.
Aged just 20, it’s unlikely the forward will sell for less than a figure in the region of £20-25m – this means a buy-back clause would therefore be around the value of £40m. Given Liverpool’s current transfer strategy, would the Reds be willing to pay this figure?
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Deals for Takumi Minamino (£7.25m) and Kostas Tsimikas (£11.75m) show Liverpool are astute in the transfer market when strengthening depth. While this highlights the quality of the recruitment team, it shows Liverpool would be unlikely to activate a buy-back clause for Rhian Brewster; the forward would need to develop into a world-class number nine for this to happen.
Of course, young players must be given games to develop, but there’s a delicate balance between playing fewer games while training with some of the best players in the world and being a regular in the first team elsewhere. Brewster would play a significant role in Liverpool’s cup runs this season and could make a handful of appearances from the bench in the Premier League – meaning he could develop without leaving Anfield.
Keep, sell, loan.
— The Redmen TV (@TheRedmenTV) September 8, 2020
If Jurgen Klopp feels the striker would benefit from playing regularly in the Premier League, then a loan move makes the most sense for both parties. Should Brewster prove himself as a goalscorer in England’s top flight, the Reds will have have a strong option returning in 2021 – and won’t have to pay a large sum which could be invested on another player.
Clause or no clause, the sale of Brewster would be a goodbye. There is no need for Liverpool to invest heavily on a striker with Roberto Firmino coming into the prime years of his career. The Reds must learn from Manchester United’s mistake of selling a 19-year-old Paul Pogba to Juventus in 2012.
By Adam Brown @AdamMNVi