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According to Neil Jones of Goal, the Reds are unhappy that their 18-year-old star has been approached by the two clubs. Brewster is yet to sign a professional contract at Anfield, but he’s in the third year of a scholarship, meaning teams are not permitted to speak with him.
“Liverpool, though, believe they have compelling evidence of meetings between Brewster and both Gladbach and Leipzig and will consider reporting both clubs for making illegal approaches—if the player eventually decides to leave,” wrote Jones.
It’s reported Monchengladbach are leading the race to land the youngster, who starred for England at last year’s FIFA Under-17 World Cup.
Liverpool are said to be hopeful of convincing the youngster to stick around, with the intention reportedly to make Brewster part of the first-team squad in pre-season. However, Jones added that the form of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane will make it tough for the youngster to get minutes.
Brewster posted the following message on Twitter recently after Salah was awarded the Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year prize:
Rhian Brewster @RhianBrewster9
Congrats to Mo on his Footballers Writers Association award last night, not a bad season from him. 🤷🏾♂️ Would also like to thank the boss for his support and guidance, it means a lot 🔴⚪️ https://t.co/UuEktMuxCA
As noted by Dominic King of the Daily Mail, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for Brewster in a speech that was read out at the FWA Dinner:
Dominic King @DominicKing_DM
Jurgen Klopp has written a letter to Mohamed Salah, as he cannot attend FWA Dinner. In same letter, he explains his admiration for Rhian Brewster, who is also in attendance. For everything Brewster has done in raising issue of racism, Klopp calls him “an inspiration” 🔴
For Liverpool it would be a big blow to lose Brewster, as he has all the makings of a tremendous centre-forward.
He showed as much last autumn. England performed brilliantly to win the tournament, as Brewster spearheaded their charge to glory. The Liverpool youngster was on the scoresheet eight times at the competition, winning the Golden Boot.
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The goalscoring instincts he showcased in that competition led to plenty of excitement among Reds supporters. Brewster was included on the Liverpool bench back in April 2017, and Klopp is a “big fan” of the striker, according to Jones.
The chance to move to Germany may be tempting, though. As noted by football writer Jack Lusby, a number of English starlets have benefitted from heading to the Bundesliga:
Jack Lusby @jacklusby_
Shame if Rhian Brewster does leave #LFC but can’t blame him as Sancho, Lookman and to a lesser extent Oxford have all proved how productive moving to Germany can be. Difficult to see the role he’d play under Klopp next season as Firmino’s made the demands at No. 9 so specific. https://t.co/QZjPMkpGEi
Bleacher Report’s Sam Tighe said, Ademola Lookman, who moved to Leipzig on loan from Everton in January, has been especially impressive:
Sam Tighe @stighefootball
Ademola Lookman finishes his half-season #Bundesliga stint with @RBLeipzig_EN with: 7 starts 576 first-team minutes 6 goals 2 assists Hopefully an eye-opener for yet more under-used English talent.
Although he remains a fair way off the first team, Liverpool will be hoping to keep Brewster around for the long term. The rise of Trent Alexander-Arnold this season has shown academy prospects will get a chance under Klopp if they’re good enough.
Still, the opportunity to experience a new league and play regular first-team football would also appeal to Brewster. A move abroad has the potential to enrich his development.