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Report: Stoke City make contact regarding Rhian Brewster and Curtis Jones

Stoke City have been in talks with Liverpool regarding the availability of academy duo Rhian Brewster and Curtis Jones according to reports from Dean Jones, who writes for the Bleacher Report.

Brewster, 19, and Jones, 18, are amongst Liverpool’s most prized youngsters after graduating from the club’s academy under the guidance of U23’s manager Neil Critchley.

Both players featured on a list of potential targets as new Potters manager Michael O’Neil looks to explore the loan market. A number of phone calls have supposedly been made with both players who are open to the possibility of gaining more senior experience.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 30: Neco Williams of Liverpool is congratulated by Curtis Jones and Rhian Brewster after assisting Liverpool’s fifth goal of the game by during the Carabao Cup Round of 16 match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on October 30, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Brewster has made two appearances for the Reds this season – both in the Carabao Cup, meanwhile, Jones made his Premier League debut in the 3-0 victory at Bournemouth back in December 2019.

Aston Villa and Swansea are among those also interested in teenager and England U19 international Brewster.

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Jurgen Klopp was recently questioned regarding the short-term future of Brewster and the FIFA Coach of the Year told the Liverpool ECHO: “Maybe Rhian is the one, age-wise, experience-wise, if he had not been injured, he would already have been on a different level, but that is the situation and we constantly think of the situation for the boys.

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“He is very young, but still a bit advanced, but I don’t know, we don’t make decisions right now. If we do (loan him) then it 100 per cent needs to be the right club.”

KIRKBY, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 20: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Rhian Brewster (right) of Liverpool celebrates scoring the opening goal with Curtis Jones during the PL2 game at The Kirkby Academy on October 20, 2019 in Kirkby, England. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

What RTK has to say

Both players undoubtedly have bright futures and will certainly be in Klopp’s long-term plans for the club’s future success.

Brewster is in a more difficult position to that of Jones in terms of looking for regular game time in Liverpool’s current crop of players. The U17 Wolrd Cup Golden Boot winner for 2017 is yet to make a league appearance for the runaway leaders. He is currently behind in the pecking order to both Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi and will likely see even less time on the pitch following the January signing of Takumi Minamino.

Jones, on the other hand, is one who could seriously begin to be incorporated into Klopp’s world-conquering senior XI.

Liverpool’s U23’s captain s recently scored a hat-trick in a 7-0 Uefa Youth League thrashing of Napoli in November before being promoted by the German manager to feature against Bournemouth and then, from the bench, in a 2-0 Champions League win over Salzburg.

It’s very likely Brewster could be loaned out in January but it would be less so to think Klopp would be considering losing Jones until the end of the season.

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