Trent Alexander-Arnold has proven that, providing you’re good enough, there is a pathway into the senior squad for aspiring academy prospects at Liverpool.
Not everyone possesses the level of talent that the 21-year-old full-back has, but the Reds have a rich history of producing high quality players from the academy system and supporters will naturally be paying close attention to the next generation of promising youngsters as the season develops.
One player who is likely to fall into that bracket is Rhian Brewster, an exciting attacker who was part of the England U17 side that won the World Cup back in 2017.
Brewster was on the bench for the Champions League final earlier this year but he has struggled to build on that feat in the 2019/20 season.
He has made just two EFL Cup appearances against MK Dons and Arsenal, but a report from James Pearce indicates the second half of the season could take a completely different course.
In an exclusive report published by The Athletic, Pearce revealed that Swansea are in talks to sign Brewster on loan in January, though Preston North End and other Championship sides are also expressing an interest.
In response to Pearce’s report, these supporters suggested a loan move would be ideal for the 19-year-old given his lack of game time so far this season.
Good move he needs to play
— FA (@I_R7) December 30, 2019
He needs to play
— Man like Bello ✌🏻 (@belloissa30) December 30, 2019
Let him go to get playing time. Swansea suits him well
— ANFIELD-LFC (@dondarius471) December 30, 2019
This would be good experience for him. He might be a bench player in 5 years
— Steven Gerrard Manager (@GerrardGoat) December 30, 2019
I’d take that
— Nishant Shekhar (@shekharnishant7) December 30, 2019
Needs to play. Go out on loan for a couple of years, come back at 20/21, set the world on fire.
— David Burden (@OfficalDB) December 30, 2019
One fan, however, already seems to have written Brewster off, suggesting he could follow in the footsteps of Ben Woodburn and fade into obscurity.
The Welshman looked destined for stardom when he netted a sensational volley against Austria on his international debut, but more than two years later he finds himself languishing in League One with Oxford United.
The next Ben Woodburn …lots of promise but the current setup is out of his reach. Needed to make a bigger impact pre-season but failed to do so unfortunately
— S.J Furniss (@Calabastu) December 30, 2019
And another fan went one step further than that and called for Brewster to be sold instead, with doubts over his ability to meet the immensely high standards expected at the club shaping the opinion.
He should be sold, not good enough for LFC.
— 2019 CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE 🎮🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 (@HaSSassin8) December 30, 2019
While there are clearly some question marks over the extent of Brewster’s potential, a January loan move may welll give him the chance to silence his doubters.