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June 30, 2019 marked the final day as a Liverpool player for a certain Daniel Sturridge.
The former Chelsea and Manchester City striker was once a cult hero at the club, forming a wonderful partnership with Luis Suarez.
He scored 21 in 29 Premier League outings back in 2013/14 but he’s never hit the same heights.
So with the forward departing, who can step up and take his fringe place in the squad?
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After his Champions League heroics, Divock Origi could rightfully earn himself a new deal at the club. They remain confident over a renewed contract for the Belgian, although he is yet to sign.
However, with Sturridge departing there is room for a place in the first-team squad in attack.
The natural player to bring through would be Rhian Brewster. After all, he’s done fantastically well for the U23s, netting nine times in Premier League 2 last term.
He has been a rising star since helping England to win the U17 World Cup but Liverpool have another natural goalscorer coming through, one that’s perhaps even better in front of goal than Brewster.
But as he gets linked with a possible loan move to Benfica or Porto, in a deal that could include an option to buy, they’d arguably be better off keeping him at the club.
As stated, there is a spare spot in Klopp’s squad now Sturridge has walked through the exit door, and he and Brewster could develop fierce competition for some sporadic first-team minutes next season.
After scoring as many as he did in 2018/19, Duncan arguably deserves a chance to prove what he can do.
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It would be foolish to suggest he could get in the side over some of the more established names, but this is a player with undoubted amounts of potential.
Despite being 18, a year younger than Brewster, he already has more goals at youth team level than his nearest rival.
Liverpool have already shown a display of faith in youth by signing Sepp van den Berg, they now need to do it again by giving a chance to Duncan, rather than potentially losing him.