When Jurgen Klopp joined Liverpool in October 2015, he was invited to see a match of The Reds’ U18’s side. In particular, he was blown away by the talent of one player. Rhian Brewster.
Liverpool believed that they had one of the country’s hottest property in the then 15-year-old, Klopp agreed. The first time he came to the attention of the media was when he played in the U17 World Cup in India. He finished the tournament with 8 goals, joint highest with teammate Phil Foden.
Yet three years down the line, Liverpool agreed to sell their prodigal son. Sheffield United agreed to pay 23 million pounds for the 20-year-old who they believe is one of the hottest young properties in England. Klopp wanted the former Chelsea academy player to stay. But he’s also passionate about the cohesion of the dressing room.
The best example that comes to mind is of Philippe Coutinho. He does not want players who are “not committed to the cause.” Thus, Liverpool sanctioned his wish without much persuasion. Selling one of their exciting prospects will certainly divide opinions among the fans.
But the decision seems rational. It is no embarrassment for any player to not break into Liverpool’s frontline of Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino, let alone a 20-year-old striker who has no experience in any of the five big leagues. The signing of Takumi Minamino and Diogo Jota provides enough cover for their star trio. But it didn’t cover the happiness of the young striker.
Michael Edwards does the job again!
He believed this summer was the right time to leave Liverpool to aid further development. Liverpool, with the help of their sporting Director Michael Edwards, were able to sanction another amazing deal. On top of the hefty amount The Blades paid for Brewster, The Reds have placed a 15% sell-on fee as well as a buy-back clause that they can trigger anytime within three years.
This deal decreases the risk involved in letting go, one of the most exceptional talents in the league. Klopp will certainly keep an eye on the academy player who impressed him the most five years ago.