Liverpool could already be eyeing up a move to bring Rhian Brewster back to Anfield after a shock revelation from Jurgen Klopp. Following the Reds’ hard-fought 2-1 win over the Blades on Saturday, the manager backed the youngster to be a positive addition for Chris Wilder’s side.
“There is one change to Sheffield United that certainly makes them more dangerous. And that is the arrival of Rhian Brewster,” Klopp said (via Daily Express). “Our guy, our man – this will always be the case in our hearts. It would not be possible for me to understate my love, respect and admiration for Rhi.”
The boss went on to admit that sanctioning the 20-year-old’s permanent move away from Merseyside was a very tough decision to make, perhaps hinting that he wasn’t totally on board with allowing him to leave. Brewster arrived in Sheffield at the start of this month and it seems that already, Klopp is looking to bring him home.
It was an odd decision to cash in on the rising star in the most recent transfer window, particularly with the club having a distinct lack of attacking personnel. However, the whole thing could just be another clever plan from Michael Edwards, who seems to always be two steps ahead when it comes to clever business for the Reds.
Along with an impressive transfer fee of £23.5million, Liverpool have negotiated a 15% sell-on fee, plus a buy-back clause that will remain active for three years (via BBC Sport). This hugely important part of Brewster’s move could mean that a return to Anfield may be on the cards, and a lot sooner than many think.
“He is a natural-born goalscorer,” Klopp said. “It’s in his DNA. He is a coach’s dream as he is so eager to learn but also a beacon of positive energy.”
With so many positive things to say about the rising star, it’s hard to imagine that Klopp isn’t already making room for him in the squad for in a couple of years’ time, should his performances for Sheffield United be up to scratch of course. Liverpool’s front three are ageing and whilst Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are still firing from all cylinders, there’s always the possibility of a shock Anfield exit.
Even if the trio remain at Anfield, Klopp could decide that a new era must begin and the likes of Brewster, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott could be the ones to spearhead it. With Klopp clearly indicating he didn’t really want to see the striker, plus the buy-back clause being included in the deal, it would not be a surprise to see Brewster back at Anfield in the future.