Rhian Brewster certainly improved his 2020/21 Liverpool credentials following a stunning second-half cameo against RB Salzburg on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old came off the bench to rescue a result with an impressive brace for Jurgen Klopp’s side who were trailing the Austrian champions by two goals after just 13 minutes in Liverpool’s final pre-season outing.

While the result technically had minimal effect to Klopp and Liverpool it certainly did a lot regarding Brewster’s prospects for next season. He now has three goals in his last two appearances for the Reds.

His second strike against Salzburg in particular typified his effectiveness in front of goal after the England U21 international punished goalkeeper Carlos who gifted to ball to Brewster who finished with aplomb following a stunning finish from the Liverpool striker.

FC Red Bull Salzburg v FC Liverpool - Friendly Match

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)

A loan move the likely scenario

According to reports, Brewster’s Liverpool future still remains an ambiguous prospect and a loan move away from Anfield is becoming an ever-more likely proposition.

Whether Brewster is kept as a viable goalscoring alternative to Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi or if  he is to become a mainstay figure for another top-flight manager remains unknown.

Paul Gorst of The Echo recently confirmed that a loan move looks the more likely option for the 2020/21  season even after his goalscoring heroics in midweek.

Despite numerous links suggesting Brewster once again is expected to depart the club on yet another club subatical, Wijnaldum was asked what he thought about the youngster’s impact during Liverpool’s 10-day Austrian training camp.

Speaking with Liverpool’s official website, he said: “I’m not ‘impressed’, because I know already which kind of quality he has. We trained together for a few years and he showed also in training that his finishing is unbelievable, so I’m not really impressed!”

The difficulty for Brewster in breaking into Liverpool’s Premier League-winning squad is that Jurgen Klopp already has an array of options to choose from next season making Brewster’s involvement all the more limited if he were to remain on Merseyside.

Squad depth is set to be the determining variable behind Liverpool’s title defence next season as the players finalise preparations ahead of the most gruelling footballing campaign to date.

 

Speaking on the impact of depth next season, Wijnaldum added: “That’s how it should be. Now we have the fixtures we all know it’s going to be a really difficult season with a lot of games, so a lot of players will play a lot of games.

“So if you have a lot of players who can bring quality to the pitch, it makes it even better for the team. We are really happy that the guys who came in, the young players, made the difference today.”

Liverpool Pre-Season Training Session

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA – AUGUST 17: (THE SUN OUT. THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool with Rhian Brewster of Liverpool during a training session on August 17, 2020 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Perhaps what is most telling from Wijnaldum’s comments is that the Dutchman suggests competition for places at a club like Liverpool should be the norm.
With that said, it raises questions to why Liverpool will want to depart with one of their best goalscoring talents next season considering the club’s current attacking deputies have struggled recently.
Divock Origi scored just four league goals last season while Xherdan Shaqiri was limited to just two league starts all season. Harvey Elliott meanwhile, has just turned 17 and is still too early in his development to be expected to make a significant step up next season.
Brewster has demonstrated that he is a predator in the box and can be a secret weapon for Klopp during periods when his senior stars are failing to replicate their usual devastating standards.
Indeed, it could be beneficial in Brewster’s long-term development to benefit from a more sustained run in a squad that doesn’t necessarily boast the three best attackers in world football yet he has shown he can hold his own in Klopp’s squad of English champions and this is something that should not be overlooked.

 

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