Dominic Solanke completed a £19million move to Bournemouth last week, in part down to the imminent return of Rhian Brewster.
The Solanke sale was a relatively surprising one. For one, £19m is a large fee for a striker with just one goal in 27 appearances last season. Though, the fact that he played 27 games suggests Jurgen Klopp had a lot of faith in his ability.
Still, Klopp sanctioned the sale of the 21-year-old. While a lot of the reasoning for that may have been in an offer too good to refuse, it wasn’t the only factor.
The Liverpool Echo claims Rhian Brewster played a part in Solanke leaving on loan.
Brewster has been held in high regard ever since arriving at Liverpool. He made the jump from Chelesa to Anfield, much like Solanke, although at a much earlier age.
Michael Beale, now of Rangers, joined Liverpool from Chelsea as a coach in 2014, subsequently recommending Brewster. The Reds signed the 14-year-old and within four years he was playing for Klopp in pre-season games, as well as featuring in match day squads.
Brewster required surgery after he suffered a serious injury a year ago, however. He damaged his knee ligaments in a fall against Manchester City and hasn’t played since.
Liverpool and Klopp have retained complete faith in him, though. They offered him a five-year contract in the summer after interest from Germany, which Brewster eventually signed.
And now it seems that Klopp still feels there’s a bright future for Brewster despite losing a year of his career. The fact that the boss essentially ‘gave up’ on Solanke, a young forward he handed 27 games last season, shows just how bright he thinks Brewster can shine.
Brewster lost a year of his career to an injury that can have a lasting impact. Despite that, Klopp was comfortable in selling one of his brightest prospects because of the potential still in Brewster.
The Echo’s report suggests Brewster may still feature for Liverpool before the end of the season. Debuting him in a title-race would be an enormous show of faith in Brewster, but it wouldn’t be a great surprise.