Rhian Brewster has confirmed his Liverpool departure on Instagram after completing a £23.5 million deal to join Sheffield United.
The 19-year-old has made the move to Bramall Lane on a permanent deal that saw Liverpool negotiate a 15 per cent sell-on clause as well as a guaranteed buy-back option, which remains valid for the next three years.
Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Brighton were among other Premier League clubs interested in signing the England under-21’s international, who spent the second half of last season on loan with Swansea City.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp allowed Brewster to leave after his first-team prospects for the 2020/21 season seemed limited following the £45 million signing of Diogo Jota and the January arrival of Takumi Minamino.
Brewster is a clinical finisher but the Liverpool boss believes that other areas of his game need developing before he’s ready to compete with Roberto Firmino for the central striking role.
He is still yet to make a Premier League appearance although he did feature four times for Liverpool in the domestic cups. Brewster made his debut for the Reds last season during a 2-0 victory against MK Dons in the Carabao Cup.
Brewster could be set for an imminent Anfield reunion with his former club with Sheffield United pencilled in to face Liverpool on Saturday, October 24.
He leaves the club after five years on Merseyside following a move from Chelsea in 2015, during which time he progressed through the ranks of the Academy.
Following his departure, Brewster took to Instagram to thank all of his former teammates and staff connected to Liverpool with an emotional farewell post.
His caption read: “After years of learning & growing at Liverpool FC, the time has come for me to head onto a new chapter.
“An emotional thank you to everyone at Liverpool FC for their belief and support in me every step of the way, through all the good times and tougher ones as well.
“Huge love to all my teammates, taking me under their wing and pushing me to be better every single day. I leave here with special memories and countless learnings. But most importantly, better than I arrived.”
View this post on Instagram
After years of learning & growing at @liverpoolfc, the time has come for me to head onto a new chapter. An emotional thank you to everyone at @Liverpoolfc for their belief and support in me every step of the way, through all the good times and tougher ones as well. Huge love to all my teammates, taking me under their wing and pushing me to be better every single day. I leave here with special memories and countless learnings. But most importantly, better than I arrived ❤️🔴 #YNWA
His post received an outpour of emotional responses from fans and former teammates alike including Virgil van Dijk, James Milner, Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott, Neco Williams and Nat Phillips.
My guy ❤️👊🏽
— Virgil van Dijk (@VirgilvDijk) October 2, 2020
- Edwards set to strike gold again following Rhian Brewster deal
- Xherdan Shaqiri reflects the unforgiving evolvement of Klopp’s squad
- Harry Wilson praised following Liverpool’s defeat to Arsenal
- Liverpool’s three best players against Arsenal
- Rhys Williams sends touching message to supporters following Liverpool defeat
- Liverpool fans react to the performance of Marko Grujic
- Liverpool fans react to the performance of Rhys Williams
- Thiago reacts to Liverpool’s Champions League Group Stage draw
- Michael Edwards set to cap off perfect summer with £50m masterstroke