Ex-Liverpool captain Phil Thompson has slammed his former side for allowing the sale of youngster Rhian Brewster to Sheffield United.
European Cup winner not impressed
The 20-year-old completed his move to Bramall Lane at the beginning of the month for a fee of £23.5m on a five-year contract, which included a 15% sell-on fee and a buy-back option for three years, as per BBC Sport.
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Nevertheless, the German tactician’s comments did not prevent him from offloading Brewster, with Divock Origi left as his one remaining centre forward who can deputise for Roberto Firmino.
Thompson was not impressed and believes the likes of the Belgian and Xherdan Shaqiri should have been sold before Brewster was considered.
“On the outgoings, I’m disappointed that they decided to let Rhian Brewster go”, he told Paddy Power (via Daily Mail).
“I’d like him to have stayed. I can see some of the reasons why, but if you were asking me whether to go with Brewster or Divock Origi, for me, it’d be Origi going.
“There’s not too many forwards that have the aggression that Brewster has.
“There’s a couple of others that could have gone, Xherdan Shaqiri, for example, could’ve brought a few quid in.’
Michael Edwards masterstroke
While Thompson raises a valid point, the deal that Liverpool have got out of this has ensured they have covered their backs going forward.
Inserting a buy-back clause and selling a player for over £20m who has never made a Premier League appearance is nothing short of sensational. A wonderfully intelligent move for sporting director Michael Edwards to pull off.
Some will agree that Origi and Shaqiri could have been the ones to depart instead of Brewster, but the Reds have put themselves in the position where they can bring him back if he performs for Sheffield United, and they surely wouldn’t have recouped over £20m for either of those two names.
It’s a masterclass from Edwards, no doubt about it. Yet another example of how the manager and sporting director are working together in perfect harmony at Anfield.
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