Liverpool may hold onto Harry Wilson next season but does that leave room for Rhian Brewster? The Reds may need to choose.
The Liverpool Echo reports that Wilson may hang around for next season. He’s on the transfer market but the Reds want £20m. If no one pays it, he’ll allegedly stay.
It’s a surprising decision, in truth. Liverpool have quite a big squad as it is, especially as they apparently hold the same stance on Marko Grujic.
And with all that in mind, what would it mean for Brewster? Can Liverpool really justify having both Brewster and Wilson in the squad? We’re not so sure.
The versatility question
We’re expecting a versatile Liverpool this season. The Reds have the players for it and Jurgen Klopp appears flexible with a new formation.
And Wilson suits that strategy. As we outlined here, there are at least three ways to use the Welshman – but we’re not sure you can say the same about Brewster.
The latter is not quite one-dimensional but clearly at his best when an out-and-out striker. In truth, that’s a role Liverpool only use in a 4-2-3-1. He’d otherwise have to adapt.
Worse, in the 4-2-3-1, Mohamed Salah becomes a central striker. Wilson has an obvious slot on the right in that case but for Brewster it means competition. Competition from one of the world’s best goalscorers, no less.
With Divock Origi already at the club, too, Brewster may struggle for any games. Klopp would be far more inclined to push Salah into that central role with Wilson to cover, while Origi and Roberto Firmino are clear options there on top.
Now, if Wilson were absent, then keeping Salah wide and using Brewster makes more sense. But if he’s staying, then it would limit Brewster’s opportunities.
And in that case, it makes more sense to loan him out. He’s a player with huge potential, after all. Liverpool won’t want to stifle that by keeping him around in a squad that doesn’t have room.