Liverpool have spent wisely on some of Europe’s best players over the last few years, and a recent report from Bild suggested that the Reds are amongst the clubs tracking RB Leipzig man Timo Werner.
At this stage, the interest appears to be just that, and no move seems imminent, but the Reds’ interest is still rather intriguing.
After all, you could argue that Werner is the ideal player for Jurgen Klopp. The German possesses great pace and goalscoring acumen, whilst he’s also very technically able, meaning that he’d be able to link-up in much the same way as Roberto Firmino.
However, whilst Liverpool have done a lot right in the transfer market as of late, is this really a deal that they need to be pursuing?
If you consider what Liverpool have in their academy, the answer to that is arguably no. The Liverpool developmental system has been familiar territory for Jurgen Klopp as of late, with the German turning to young players on more than on occasion so far this season.
If he looks a little bit harder, he’ll see Rhian Brewster, and though the forward has had injury problems this season, perhaps the Englishman could be the ideal squad addition at Anfield.
After all, what Jurgen Klopp is looking for is goalscoring acumen, and Brewster has bags of that. A natural finisher, he became a hit after his performances at the Under-17 World Cup with England, a competition that the Three Lions won. He was the top scorer, highlighting his ability on the big stage.
Blessed with great pace, technical ability, dribbling skill and poaching quality, Brewster has everything that is needed to make it at the highest level, he just needs that opportunity.
A side note to consider is that it doesn’t really make much sense for Liverpool to spend big on a player that will likely be competing for one spot with Roberto Firmino. Whereas Brewster may be happy to bide his time and play a bit-part role, learning all the while, Werner would expect to play regularly – and that would only make Jurgen Klopp’s job tougher.
Liverpool’s academy has been hugely useful for the club as of late, and Brewster is arguably one of the most talented young players available to Klopp. There’s never been a better time for him to get a chance.