Liverpool look set to take their summer spending well beyond the £150 million mark with the signing of Alisson, but amid the madness of their spending spree the club have completed a deal which bodes extremely well for the future.
That deal is, of course, the extension of Rhian Brewster’s contract – a deal which put an end to weeks of speculation linking him with a move away from the club. The Daily Telegraph confirmed that the 18-year-old has put pen to paper on a new 5-year deal with the Reds after impressing at youth level for the club throughout his development.
The modern footballing era has been characterised by high-profile transfers, mind-boggling wage demands and the rise of player power in recent years, all of which have contributed to the decline of academy systems in English football.
No long are the academy systems used to carefully hand-pick the next generation of talent for the senior squad; they are now money-making machines designed to train young players to a high-standard before they are sold on in multi-million pound deals.
Of course, this notion applies to the top clubs rather than average Premier League clubs, but there’s no doubt that Liverpool represent something of an exception to the rule: the rise of Joe Gomez and Trent Alexxander-Arnold last season served to illuminate their trust in youth.
The decision to agree fresh terms with Brewster over a long-term contract is yet another indication of the organic approach both Jurgwn Klopp and Fenway Sports Group are attempting to implement, and on the evidence of his short career so far it’s fair to say Liverpool’s latest decision could be hugely significant for the future.
Brewster has already showcased his ability to perform on the big stage by claiming the Golden Boot during England’s U17 World Cup victory in the summer of 2017, and his return of 5 goals and 7 assists from just 11 appearances for Liverpool’s reserves last season suggests he has the clinical instinct to become a future goal-machine in the Premier League.
With blistering pace, an exemplary work-ethic and the composure to make the right-decision in the final-third at the forefront of his game, the signs are positive for Brewster’s future in the game.
Although he only recently turned 18, Brewster could be set for a first-team call-up next season if he proves himself on the training ground during the coming months and, when he comes of age, there is no doubt he has the potential to lead Liverpool’s line and spearhead their bid for silverware across multiple-competitions.
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