According to the Daily Telegraph, Bundesliga outfits RB Leipzig and Monchengladbach are keen to snap up talented young Liverpool forward Rhian Brewster. The 18-year-old is out of contract this summer and the Reds could lose him for a very small compensation payment.
Jurgen Klopp has stated that Brewster would be in the Reds first-team squad for next season. However, the former Chelsea is unlikely to see much first-team football with the likes of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah blocking his route to the starting eleven.
Wants to play first-team football
Reports suggest that the 18-year-old wants to play first-team football as soon as possible. He has never hidden his ambition to make it to the top of the game and he would be far more likely to figure on a regular basis elsewhere.
In his interviews, Brewster has come across as a young man with determination and maturely, especially when he spoke out about his experiences with racism playing for his club and country. Not only does he have good football ability, he seems to have a strong character too.
However, strong his character, though, at 18 years old he is unlikely to play much first-team football at a club like Liverpool. Not many players of 18 play regularly for big clubs. It is rare anyway.
Bundesliga a good place to develop
For me, the Bundesliga is one of the most enjoyable leagues in the world to watch as a neutral. A lot of that enjoyment is down to German teams giving young players their chance to shine.
In general, the players in the German top-flight usually have a high standard of technical ability. However, it is also a very physical and fast league. I am sure as a young footballer it would be an enjoyable league to play in.
Then there are the superior German coaches. In the last 20 years, there has been a revolution in coaching in Germany, which has led to a revival of the domestic league and national team.
A number of talented coaches have emerged in recent years from the Bundesliga. These are the sort of coaches that players want to work with. They seem to be light years ahead of their British counterparts.
Former Manchester City youngster Jadon Sancho is thriving and developing well at Dortmund, while Everton winger Ademola Lookman is currently on-loan at RB Leipzig, where he has shown flashes of his immense potential.
A move to German would be a big change for Brewster. However, he would get the opportunity of developing his game in a top quality league with top quality coaches. What is not to like about that?
For too long English players have been scared to venture abroad and learn new languages and cultures. The ones who have ventured to foreign leagues have rarely been successful. This is viewed by some as one of the factors in English players not developing to their full potential. However, it seems young English players are now prepared to make that move abroad to become better players.
Brewster leaving Liverpool is highly likely
Rhian Brewster leaving Liverpool is now highly likely. He is not a born and bred Liverpool fan. He made the move to Liverpool in his mid-teens from Chelsea, so may not have much of a sentimental attachment to the club or the city.
The striker has so much potential, despite an injury sidelined him earlier this season. However, Brewster is not going to fulfil his potential by sitting on the Liverpool bench. The fact that he is unlikely to feature in the Reds squad for Sunday’s game against Brighton, a game that the Reds are odds of 1/5 to win, says it all about his first-team prospects.
The England under-18 has very little to lose by moving to the Bundesliga. He also has very little to gain by staying at Liverpool. If he moves to Germany and it does not work out, at least he has had the experience of a different environment and coaching culture.
If it does work out and he does develop as a player, then it will only be good for him and his future at club and international level.
It will be hard for Liverpool to lose one of their most talented young players. However, that now seems to be the nature of the big club. They create players, only to bring in big money players to fill the first-team, as they attempt to keep up with their big spending rivals.
Where will Rhian Brewster be plying his trade next season?
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