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Report: Sheffield United step up their pursuit for Rhian Brewster

Liverpool and Sheffield United have held further talks regarding the possibility of Rhian Brewster joining Bramall Lane this season according to The Star.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 29: (THE SUN OUT. THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Rhian Brewster of Liverpool Misses his penalty at the end of the FA Community Shield final at Wembley Stadium on August 29, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Discussions between both Premier League clubs are believed to have continued over the weekend after Brewster was left out of Liverpool’s squad during the 4-3 victory against Leeds United at Anfield on Saturday.

Sheffield United deem Brewster to be the final acquisition of a summer recruitment plan that has so far seen six new players arrive in South Yorkshire.

Aston Villa also remain interested in Brewster despite the club’s record-signing of striker Ollie Watkins from Brentford earlier this month.

However, Chris Wilder remains hopeful that United’s pressing-system – which has drawn similarities to that of Jurgen Klopp – coupled with the manager’s success with English talent will give the club an edge in convincing Liverpool that Bramall Lane is the best option for Brewster to continue in his development.

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Officials at the club recently presented Liverpool boss Klopp with a detailed development programme for the Reds centre-forward which they believe can help them fend-off competition from Aston Villa.

Wilder sees Brewster, who scored 11 times in 22 appearances during a loan spell with Swansea City last season, as the final piece of the Blades’ attacking jigsaw.

Sheffield United looked miles off the pace from an attacking sense following their opening matchweek defeat to Wolves on Monday.

Wilder’s team were comfortably beaten 2-0 by Nuno Espirito Santos’ impressive Wolves outfit which saw United manage to register just two shots on target during the defeat.

Brewster would certainly add some attacking impetus to a team whose top-scorers last season (Lys Mousset and Ollie McBurnie) were able to clock up just six goals during the entirety of the 2019/20 campaign.

The 20-year-old Liverpool forward is still yet to make his English top-flight debut with opportunities in Klopp’s Premier League-winning squad understandably thin given the team’s vast array of world-class options.

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA – AUGUST 25: (THE SUN OUT. THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Rhian Brewster of Liverpool celabraters scoring the second goal during the pre-season friendly match between Liverpool and Salzburg at The Red Bull Stadium on August 25, 2020 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Brewster was one of the standout performers during the Reds’ recent pre-season tour of Austria which saw him score three goals during two friendly fixtures against Stuttgart and RB Salzburg respectively.

He also came off the bench during Liverpool’s Community Shield defeat to Arsenal a fortnight ago but failed to make the cut for the team’s inaugural PL fixture of the season on Saturday.

The Telegraph recently claimed that Liverpool could be tempted to accept a permanent fee if their valuation of £20 million for the player was met and a buy-back clause was inserted into the contract agreement.

Loaning him out – or selling with a buyback clause – has become the most likely option for Brewster following his omission. Liverpool need to get the England U21 international somewhere where he can become that top player and, hopefully, the Reds can reap the rewards down the line.

But as we saw with the game against Leeds at the weekend, Brewster won’t become that player at Liverpool anytime soon.


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