Liverpool will want to see more than just goals if they’re to bring back Rhian Brewster. The striker joined Sheffield United in recent days.
Rhian Brewster will be scoring his goals for Sheffield United from here on out. The youngster joined the Blades for around £23.5m on Friday, ending his time at Liverpool.
Liverpool do have a buy-back clause, however. The Reds can bring Brewster back for an undisclosed price over the next three years – if they decide he’s good enough.
Tellingly, Jurgen Klopp recently said that Brewster would have stayed if he were a few years older. A 25 or 26-year-old at Brewster’s level is apparently good enough to be a squad player at Liverpool.
But at 20, Brewster needs more for his development if he’s to reach his ceiling. It certainly suggests that there is a future at Liverpool there if he progresses enough over the next three years.
They’ll want more than just goals to do that, though.
Liverpool put a lot of emphasis on their centre-forward being a well-rounded player. In fact, goals are often secondary for their no.9.
After Brewster bagged two in a friendly, for instance, Klopp mentioned how he had to improve his all-around game. “He has to be more involved in the game,” the boss said.
Goals, it seems, aren’t enough.
And even if there’s work to do, Takumi Minamino appears to be backup to Roberto Firmino as the central forward. Both of those players are natural attacking-midfielders who play as a striker – neither had a great history in the role before arriving at Liverpool.
But it’s further evidence that Liverpool want that ‘False 9’, well-rounded type of player, rather than a traditional goalscorer.
It means that Brewster can’t rely on just goals at Sheffield United if he ever wants to secure a move back to Anfield. The Reds will want to see pressing, creativity and movement – and all at a high level – in order to active that buy-back clause.
The hard work starts now, then.