Rhian Brewster: Liverpool considering selling 20-year-old with buy-back clause

Liverpool are considering allowing Rhian Brewster to leave on a permanent deal in this transfer window, with the possible protection of a buy-back clause.

Newcastle made an enquiry to see what Liverpool’s plans were for the 20-year-old, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Swansea.

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However, any subsequent offer from Newcastle would have been rejected, as Liverpool believe Brewster’s opportunities at St James’ Park would have been limited.

Up to six Premier League clubs have expressed an interest in the forward, with Aston Villa, Brighton and Sheffield United three of those clubs.

However, Liverpool maintain no final decision on Brewster’s Anfield future has yet been made.

Last month, Brewster made a substitute appearance in Liverpool’s Community Shield defeat to Arsenal and missed the crucial penalty in the shoot-out.

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Transfer Talk: Why Liverpool should sign Thiago

Thiago Alcantara would give the Liverpool midfield a creative spark, Melissa Reddy told the latest Transfer Talk podcast as she makes the case for his signing.

The Bayern Munich midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield after shining for the Bundesliga club in another successful season and is expected to move this summer.

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But does Jurgen Klopp need another body in midfield? Reddy, senior football correspondent for The Independent, believes Thiago offers something different to the current options but admits a space would need to open up for him.

She told the Transfer Talk podcast: “Part of the job when you are at the top is to stay there and one of the ways to do that is to make sure you’re evolving, reinventing yourself in certain respects while staying true to the fundamentals that got you to the pinnacle in the first place – and Thiago would do that. He is the anthesis of everything they have at the moment, which I think is the entire point.”

What else do Liverpool need?

There are a few potential transfers bubbling under the surface this summer, but Reddy believes Liverpool’s transfer plans are also focused on the long term.

She said: “I know one of the key directives for Liverpool and their recruitment staff, they don’t want a squad who has aged together. Development and shared experiences is important, but they don’t want to find themselves in the same situation that Barcelona are in, for example, where you’re leaving yourself with your whole spine to replace with nothing coming through and no advancement.

“So getting that balance right of having those players who have been so pivotal to their silverware haul while also thinking of the future, that’s very big for them.

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