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.
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.
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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.”
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