Due to the implications of the ongoing global pandemic, for a chunk of Liverpool supporters, many are already writing off the prospect of the Reds dipping into the transfer market to help aid the club’s Premier League title defence next season.
Jurgen Klopp has made it common knowledge that the club simply cannot afford to spend gargantuan transfer fees to attract some of the most coveted names in Europe to Anfield.
Instead, Liverpool will look at their options internally and hope they can potentially mould a selected number of youngsters into future world-beaters.
This is certainly the case for the likes of Curtis Jones, Neco Williams, Harvey Elliott and Rhian Brewster.
While Jones and Williams look ready-made additions to improve Liverpool’s squad depth next season there are still questions over the sustained impact both Elliott and Brewster can give from an attacking sense throughout the 2020/21 campaign.
Collectively the forward duo have clocked up just seven minutes of Premier League action and yet there is already a growing expectancy that two of the countries most promising attacking threats are primed and ready for next season.
Liverpool require added attacking depth
Liverpool’s decision to not pursue a transfer for Timo Werner suggests that at this moment in time, the club cannot afford to bolster their forward ammunition next season which suggests Brewster and Elliott could have more prominent roles next season.
Brewster, 20, has been a revelation for Swansea since his loan move in January. In 22 appearances under Steve Cooper, Brewster has clocked up an impressive 11 goals for the Swans who just missed out on the play-off finals following their 3-1 defeat (3-2 aggregate) to Brentford last night.
Arguably the most impressive aspect of Brewster’s development has been the range of goals he has scored since moving to south-Wales. Whether it’s his predatory-like instincts in the box or a pile driver from 30-yards, Brewster has it in his locker.
He took his goal emphatically against Brentford on Tuesday after capitalising on a defensive mishap before dinking the keeper to restore hope for Swansea.
Brewster’s recent breathtaking form could dictate how Klopp plans to use the forward next season. Another loan spell seemed the obvious choice yet there are a number of growing possibilities that he could still benefit by remaining on Merseyside next season.
More to come
While Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are all expected to lead the line again next season, Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri currently represent Liverpool’s only back-up options.
Both Shaqiri and Origi have scored just five goals in the league this season which would suggest that from an attacking sense, the demand for goals is still heavily reliant on Liverpool’s first-choice trio.
Brewster and Elliott could help with the burden.
Elliott, 17, is the youngest Premier League debutant of all-time and already has two senior appearances to his name.
Under the daily guidance of Klopp and the impact of training with the likes of Salah, Firmino and Mane will undoubtedly have a beneficial influence on his development.
Phil Foden and Manchester City have proven that a loan spell isn’t always the direct route towards the first-team.
If Liverpool are to remain firm and opt to not spend in the summer window, Brewster’s and Elliott’s development could have huge implications on the club’s transfer plans for the summer of 2021 and could save the club millions.
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