Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards has played his cards right once again after young striker Rhian Brewster completed his move to Sheffield United on Friday afternoon.
After a loan spell at Swansea City last season where he was impressive after scoring 11 goals in 22 games, it looked like he earned himself more of an opportunity with Jurgen Klopp’s side this season. However, with the arrival of Diogo Jota and the rise of Takumi Minamino, Klopp felt that Brewster had to develop his game more before he was ready to compete for the central striking role.
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With this in mind, and his preference to play regular first-team football, this ultimately led to the decision that he wanted a move, with the Reds not willing to send him out on loan for the second successive campaign.
Brewster joins the Blades for a fee of £23.5m, which comes with a 15% sell-on clause and a buyback option which is valid for three years. This means that Liverpool have now recouped around £45m from player sales this window so far, which almost reimburses their transfer fee for Jota and the first year’s payment for Thiago Alcantara, per The Times.
Taking the finances of Liverpool’s transfer dealings this summer into consideration, it just goes to show Edwards’ incredible talents as a shrewd negotiator.
The club’s sporting director has proved himself to be a key figure of the team off the pitch and has helped transform the squad from a top-four side to a Champions League and Premier League-winning elite outfit.
Let’s not forget, Liverpool offloaded the likes of Jordon Ibe, Danny Ings and Dominic Solanke and made a significant amount of money from those three players, individuals that were nowhere near the first team setup at the time of their respective departures.
Liverpool are lucky to have such a solid working partnership at the heart of club in Klopp and Edwards. Both have worked in harmony over the years to build an outstanding football team and have put themselves in a fantastic position to asset domestic dominance in the manner that Manchester City have done in recent years.
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