Liverpool are unlikely to make any major additions to the squad this summer, they are, however, likely to give more game time to some of the club’s brightest academy graduates. Figuring out how to work these players into the team will be no small task for Jürgen Klopp, the boss should try dropping Roberto Firmino into midfield to help Rhian Brewster develop.
Brewster backed for 2nd choice
Rhian Brewster was loaned to Swansea City in January. The Englishman went on to score 11 goals for the Swans, firing them into the playoff places and netting a consolation goal in the second leg of their tie with Brentford.
We had previously suggested that the Reds should consider letting the youngster stay at Swansea if they won promotion but with this now off the cards it is assumed that he will be a part of the first team squad at Anfield next season.
Due to Divock Origi consistently disappointing in games that aren’t intense Champions League affairs or derbies we could see Brewster given the second choice striker slot.
Versatile Bobby Firmino
The Reds’ first choice striker Roberto Firmino is one of the most unique centre forwards in the game, often playing as a defensive false 9, dropping deep to receive the ball and hounding defenders when out of possession.
Prior to taking on the role of starting striker we saw Bobby play as an attacking midfielder following his arrival from Hoffenheim. During his time in the Bundesliga the Brazilian was primarily deployed behind the striker.
His history in the midfield is more than evident in his style of play, often dropping deep to link with his teammates and create opportunities for his wingers.
Firmino at 10, Brewster at 9
At 20-years-old Rhian Brewster needs regular first team football, shelving him on the bench risks stunting his development.
However, it is difficult to drop Roberto Firmino when he is such a pivotal part of this Reds side, Klopp may need to find a solution which uses both forwards to the best of their abilities.
Dropping Roberto Firmino into the midfield would allow Rhian Brewster a starting berth but would also afford the youngster the privilege of having one of the league’s most lethal creative forces behind him.
There can surely be no better partner up top for Brewster than Firmino, given that the 20-year-old regularly hangs on the shoulder of the last man he would be able to utilise Bobby’s cute through balls and neat touches past defenders.