Rhian Brewster’s Liverpool future still remains an ambiguous prospect on the eve of a new Premier League season.

The 20-year-old striker was a prominent figure for Klopp during pre-season and was also involved during Liverpool’s Community Shield defeat to Arsenal a fortnight ago.

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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)

With that said, considering Brewster has done all he can from his part to prove he is deserving of a place in Jurgen Klopp’s squad for Liverpool’s opening PL fixture on Saturday, whether or not he makes the cut could provide an insight as to how his future may pan out.

Brewster scored three times during pre-season and has attracted a lot of attention from numerous PL clubs who have all made contact with Liverpool regarding the prospect of a loan deal for the 2020/21 season.

Liverpool are yet to confirm anything and Klopp himself refused to rule anything out when it came to Brewster’s imminent future at the club

“Wonderful kid, big talent,” said Klopp during his Friday afternoon press conference at Melwood.

“The decisions about the squad are just not finished yet. We don’t have to yet.

 

“We are really with him and think about his development. How we can use him. So there’s nothing to say on loans. Nothing is decided.”

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Liverpool’s English striker Rhian Brewster shoots and misses from the penalty spot during the shoot-out during the English FA Community Shield football match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium in north London on August 29, 2020. (Photo by ANDREW COULDRIDGE / POOL / AFP) / NOT FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING USE / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE (Photo by ANDREW COULDRIDGE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

What Leeds clash could tell us

The fact that Liverpool are still yet to make a decision on Brewster just a day before the Leeds bout suggests it is a topic of discussion the club and Klopp do not want to take likely.

If Brewster is to be involved tomorrow it could mean that Liverpool will continue to weigh up the striker’s first-team credentials potentially until the transfer deadline on October 5.

Liverpool’s attacking options from the bench are already limited given the club have yet to make any signings in that department this window which complicates whether Klopp can afford to lose another goalscoring option.

Also, Klopp himself will not want to block the next stage of Brewster’s development which could become a possibility if Liverpool were to maintain Brewster at Anfield and restrict his playing time as opposed to a more prominent role he could receive on loan

If Brewster is absent from Liverpool’s squad for the opening weekend, it is likely a loan could quickly follow. Klopp claimed that he was undecided on the matter which would indicate that Brewster needs more minutes before a decision can be finalised.

Excluding Brewster from such an opportunity could prove the greatest indication so far that the player just isn’t ready at this stage of his career to make that crucial next step at Liverpool.

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