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Rhian Brewster could have forced Jurgen Klopp's hand for next season

Rhian Brewster’s sustained performance levels during Liverpool’s pre-season tour of Austria have created a welcomed dilemma for Jurgen Klopp ahead of the club’s first competitive match of the season against Arsenal on Saturday.

The returning loanee added to his account yet again during Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with RB Salzburg on Tuesday after Brewster came off the bench to score twice and salvage a result for Klopp and his team.

Brewster, 20, has clocked up three goals in his previous two matches for the Reds to provide further clarification that the forward should be maintained at Anfield for the 2020/21 season.

His manager Klopp was certainly left impressed by the Liverpool star’s late cameo against Salzburg.

Speaking with Liverpool’s official website, he said: “He can learn a lot of things but he’s a natural goalscorer – that’s what he is.

“He has to be more involved in the game when he’s on the pitch, but I have to say in the decisive moments he’s 100 per cent there.”

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA – AUGUST 25: Rhian Brewster of Liverpool ties the score during the friendly match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and FC Liverpool at Red Bull Arena on August 25, 2020 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by Michael Molzar/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

More to come

Following on from his 11 goals in the Championship with Swansea City last season, Brewster has showcased he is a predator in front of goal and this could be key in his imminent Liverpool future.

Once again, however, ambiguity around Brewster reigns.

It remains to be seen what step Liverpool see fit in the player’s development and the situation hasn’t been handled smoothly.

This is something Liverpool need to sort out quickly. Both Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi are the club’s only recognised central attacking goalscoring options with the latter firing just four goals during the course of last season.

Instead of lamenting what Brewster still needs to do to improve his overall game, look at what he can offer us right now.

Brewster was only on the pitch for just under 30 minutes, yet his influence was unquestionable. When the Reds required a cutting edge figure up-front it was Brewster who delivered.

Liverpool in the grand scheme of events against Salzburg were quite poor. The team were worryingly sloppy in possession and both of the opponent’s goals came from individual errors.

Brewster’s goals papered over what was a rather unconvincing overall performance especially from the Reds’ senior stars and for that the Englishman’s teammates have a lot to thank Brewster for.

Goals in pre-season may not count for much but if Brewster continues to deliver the goods for Liverpool then it certainly won’t hurt his chances for next season.

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA – AUGUST 25: (THE SUN OUT. THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Rhian Brewster of Liverpool celabraters scoring the second goal during the pre-season friendly match between Liverpool and Salzburg at The Red Bull Stadium on August 25, 2020 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Over to you Liverpool

For Brewster himself, it puts the player in a vital position of strength. His goals will likely keep him in the headlines in the coming days meaning interest from other clubs will accelerate forcing Liverpool to make a decision on the youngster’s future sooner rather than later.

Klopp has stated on numerous occasions that he will look to strengthen the team through internal alterations in the squad and Brewster could do exactly that.

With that said, Brewster is 20-years-old and is no longer a teen meaning that even despite his young age the clock is indeed ticking. He will know full well that even now it’s becoming slightly make or break in terms of when he is to make it at Anfield.

Liverpool’s decision to go against a move for Timo Werner showcased that the Reds are satisfied by their options in attack and keeping Brewster could vindicate the club’s reluctance to spend in that particular area of the team.

There is no questioning that there is still a long way to go and that Brewster can do tidy up a number of area’s of his game, but what he at this present moment adds to Liverpool’s forward line is exactly what was missing last season and could be utilised to our advantage next season.

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