Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that discussions between the club and Reds prodigy Rhian Brewster and his representatives will be taking place over his future at Anfield (Liverpool Echo).
The 20-year-old is one of the most highly rated players who have come through the Liverpool academy in recent years and, prior to the football shutdown, had netted four goals in 11 Championship games on loan at Swansea City.
Brewster then hit the ground running following the resumption of English football, netting twice in a 3-0 hammering of Middlesbrough and, against Millwall, firing a superb free kick past Bartosz Bialkowski, though it was given as an own goal.
The 5ft 11in forward missed the majority of the 2018-19 season with knee and ankle problems, though he was nonetheless handed a long-term contract by Liverpool, before returning to fitness last summer.
Brewster featured three times for the Reds this term before joining up with former Liverpool and England Under-17s coach Steve Cooper at Swansea, and Klopp says the club will discuss what’s next for the prodigious talent this summer.
“The plan with Rhian, we will talk to Rhian and not here,” Klopp is quoted by the Liverpool Echo as saying. “But it (the loan) was unbelievably important and I’m really happy we had the opportunity to do so.
“In his first proper senior year he had an awful injury. He needed a long time and that’s why we said immediately when he came back it made no sense to be here as third striker. It was a lot different to other situations.
“He was really happy that he could go to his former coach who knew him from the youth national team. They really wanted him and it’s really important for a young striker, because they cannot score every week but they still should stay on the pitch.
“He played a good season and Rhian showed his talent. For the moment it’s nearly perfect but how it will be next year we will talk with him and his representatives.”
Brewster is a young striker of the highest calibre and it’s such a shame his injury hampered his development when it did, but now he’s back to fitness and getting first-team experience, he’s looking right back on track.
Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard waxed lyrical about Brewster in 2017 after inspiring England’s Under-19s to a 4-0 victory over Spain, telling the Liverpool Echo: “Everyone has seen it all over the world that Rhian is capable of scoring goals.
“And against Sevilla he was magnificent. We all know he has got the talent and the ability. If Rhian wants to go far and stay at the top, if he can put in that work rate and relentless running, that’s how he’s going to get the better of most defenders.”
The Reds are blessed with numerous world-class attacking talents plus some great youngsters coming through, and whilst Klopp is keeping his cards close to his chest, hopefully the matter will be settled and Brewster’s long-term future remains at Anfield.