It is no surprise that Daniel Sturridge will almost certainly be leaving Liverpool this summer. The striker has just a few months left on his contract and the Reds are more than happy to let him leave on a free later this year.
It is thought that Jurgen Klopp will put his faith in youngster Rhian Brewster and give him the opportunity to step up and replace his fellow clubman, according to Paul Joyce of The Times.
With Brewster nearing full fitness following a major 14-month injury setback, it is reported by Paul Joyce that Jurgen Klopp would be willing to give the youngster his chance in the first team instead of looking elsewhere for reinforcements.
In a recent training session, Joyce reported that Brewster had been working closely with midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and veteran James Milner in a crossing drill that Brewster appeared to be excelling in, with the two muttering “he will score goals” as they headed back into the changing rooms.
Klopp has been a long term admirer of Brewster and this was shown when the club tied the youngster down with a new five year deal last summer. This contract came at a time where it seemed that Brewster may be moving abroad to Borussia Mönchengladbach where he would have been the latest English prodigy to move to Germany.
Brewster is no stranger to goals and has consistently shown that he has that poachers eye. This was shown when he picked up the Golden Boot during the England U17 World Cup win in October 2017. In his first few games back for the U23’s this season, he has shown that he still has that ability with a goal and an assist. Crucially for Liverpool and Klopp, it seems that the injury has not hampered his development.
Aside from his goals, Brewster has the qualities that could lead him to developing into a fine striker. He has pace, good movement and quick decision making. He fits the fast paced attacking style of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and could prove to be a real asset in the future. With Klopp keen to ensure that the youngster is immersed within the first team squad, it is clear that he has plans to utilise him next season.
Liverpool’s front three have been in fine form once again this season and have also managed, on the whole, to stay fit. Whilst it’s important that the Reds have strength in depth, the question still remains as to how much game time Brewster will get next season. With Belgian Divock Origi still firmly in the Liverpool set up, it will be interesting to see how much Klopp utilises his wonder kid next campaign.