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Liverpool TT Roundup: Reds issue Rhian Brewster ultimatum, Bevis Mugabi expresses desire to move to Anfield, Darren Bent lauds ‘world class’ Virgil van Dijk

In this instalment of our TT Roundup, Football Transfer Tavern have gathered three of the biggest stories to have involved Liverpool recently and have provided our thoughts on the reports published.

Liverpool want assurances over Rhian Brewster’s game-time if he goes on loan

Liverpool have insisted that they will only allow Rhian Brewster to go out on loan in January if he is guaranteed regular game-time by the club to whom he is loaned, according to the Daily Express.

The 19-year-old forward has reportedly had plenty of prospective suitors showing an interest, with the Daily Express claiming that Crystal Palace and Aston Villa are at the head of the queue.

The Daily Express added that Championship duo Leeds and Swansea are also hopeful of securing a loan deal for the teenager.

Verdict

With Brewster making just two senior appearances so far this season, both in the Carabao Cup, it comes as no great surprise that Liverpool are open to letting the youngster go out on loan, as per the Daily Star.

Their stance on only letting him leave if he is assured regular minutes elsewhere is the right one, as loaning out to a club where he would be frequently parked on the bench would be counterproductive.

As Harry Wilson has shown by scoring 18 goals for Derby last season and four in the Premier League for Bournemouth this term, a loan spell at the right club can be hugely beneficial for youngsters at Liverpool.

Bevis Mugabi hopeful of Liverpool move

Motherwell defender Bevis Mugabi believes that he is capable of securing a big-money move later in his career, citing Liverpool as a potential destination.

Speaking to the Daily Record, the 24-year-old Uganda international feels that his performance against Sadio Mane in an African Cup of Nations match against Senegal showed that he can operate in “a higher division”.

He told the Daily Record: “I played against Sadio Mane in the last 16 of the African Cup of Nations and that was a good experience. I think he’s still in my pocket! Maybe it will get me a move to Liverpool.”

Verdict

At 24, Mugabi’s only top division experience has come this season with Motherwell, for whom he has played just four Scottish Premiership games.

Prior to that move to Scotland, he had spent his career at League Two or youth/reserve level, which would suggest that a move to the Premier League would be a major step up, especially to the club currently at the top of that division.

Mugabi has only just signed a new deal at Motherwell (as per the Daily Record), so any prospective move away wouldn’t happen for some time, and right now the chances of him ending up at the Champions League holders appear extremely remote.

Darren Bent heaps praise on “world class” Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has been hailed as “world class” by Darren Bent, who was speaking to Football Insider the day after the Reds’ 2-1 win over Crystal Palace at the weekend.

Bent told Football Insider that he believes the 28-year-old to be “arguably the best centre-back in world football” and said that his “class” makes a huge difference in “nitty-gritty” games such as the one at Selhurst Park.

Bent said: “He reads the game really really well, he puts his body on the line and he is a world class defender so when you have a game like that, you need your real leaders to step up and take charge and yesterday was a prime example of that.”

Verdict

Bent is right to salute the performance of Van Dijk against Crystal Palace on Saturday, with the centre-back’s five successful aerial duels the second highest in Liverpool’s line-up, as per WhoScored.

He also made 10 clearances (the most of anyone in the game) and had the joint-best passing accuracy (92.9%) of the Reds’ starting XI, finding a team-mate with 65 of his 70 passes. [via WhoScored]

In a match where the Eagles had 16 shots to Liverpool’s 12, Van Dijk’s composed defensive performance certainly seems to have been instrumental in the Reds’ 12th league win out of 13.

Liverpool fans, what do you make of these stories concerning your club? Share your views in the comments section below!

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