Whether Liverpool sell Rhian Brewster or Divock Origi this season may simply come down to price. Various reports link each with an exit.
We think Brewster v Origi is a tough decision for Liverpool – even when just picking the bench. But it’s also very possible that one player leaves this summer, potentially permanently.
Sky Sports recently claimed that Liverpool would listen to £20m offers for Brewster with a buy-back clause. Calciomercato said last month that Lazio were looking at Origi. While Turkish journalist Ekrem Konur believes Fenerbahce want the player.
There really isn’t room for both players, in truth. They’re backup players who need games at this point in their careers but won’t get them at Liverpool if they’re competing with each other.
Liverpool don’t use backup forwards very often, after all. Origi only started eight games in the Premier League and Champions League last season and he was the only backup. Split that with Brewster and neither player much at all.
There are pros and cons for keeping each. Origi is the more versatile and experienced player – a known quantity. Brewster might have a higher ceiling, however, and might inject goals from the bench that weren’t there last season.
So on a decision like this, perhaps price is the answer.
If Liverpool can get £20m and a buyback clause for Brewster before someone offers more for Origi, that might be the deal to take. It just doesn’t make sense to keep both so perhaps Liverpool take what they can – providing it’s value for money.
Similarly, if someone offers £20m+ for Origi, then that’s the deal Liverpool go for and Brewster is the chief backup for the season.
It’s a simple way of doing things but arguably the best way of doing things right now. It’s best for everyone that either Brewster or Origi leaves and in a complicated transfer window, that someone might have to be the one with the best price.