Jurgen Klopp has confirmed he plans to talk to Glasgow Rangers target Rhian Brewster ahead of next season.
The 20-year-old striker is currently on loan at Swansea City, where he has excelled since joining in January – he has scored seven goals in 15 Championship games for the Swans. However, he is only meant to be there until the end of the campaign, and as such Liverpool have a decision to make when he returns – there have been rumours that the Gers are interested in taking him to Ibrox (The Scottish Sun via The Boot Room).
Talking about the youngster’s situation, Klopp said:
“The plan with Rhian (is) we will talk to him.
“But it (the loan) was unbelievably important and I’m really happy we had the opportunity to do so.
“In his first proper senior year he had an awful injury.
“He needed a long time and that’s why we said immediately when he came back it made no sense to be here as third striker. It was a lot different to other situations.
“He was really happy that he could go to his former coach who knew him from the youth national team.
“They really wanted him and it’s really important for a young striker, because they cannot score every week but they still should stay on the pitch.
“He played a good season and Rhian showed his talent. For the moment it’s nearly perfect but how it will be next year we will talk with him and his representatives.”
Currently valued at £4.86m by Transfermarkt, this is the first real mark Brewster has made on the game – before this spell in Wales, he had made just three appearances for the Liverpool first team. However, he has made the jump up to regular professional football look seamless, and now will want to play on a regular basis.
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Based on this current form, Ross Wilson and Steven Gerrard should be looking to make a move for the forward, and will be hoping that Klopp does not promise him a substantial amount of playing time next term. With Alfredo Morelos potentially on the move, as the club expects, and Jermain Defoe now 37 years old, a new forward would not go amiss. Brewster could well be that man.
Gerrard and Wilson must now wait to see what the outcome of Brewster’s talks with Liverpool is.
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