Borussia Monchengladbach’s pursuit of Rhian Brewster has seen Liverpool cancel their scheduled pre-season friendly with the Bundesliga side.
Jurgen Klopp‘s side were set to take on Gladbach at Anfield on August 7, in what would likely have been their final warmup clash before the new season.
But with the German outfit among the sides interested in signing Brewster on a free transfer this summer, Liverpool have cancelled the friendly.
The Telegraph‘s Chris Bascombe reports that the Reds “have withdrawn the invitation and written to the Bundesliga side to issue a warning about their conduct.”
This comes with Gladbach approaching Brewster without Liverpool’s permission, with the 18-year-old unable to speak to other clubs as he is still under scholar’s terms on Merseyside.
The Reds are eager to retain Brewster, with Klopp even planning to fast-track him into the first-team fold next season after a long spell out through injury.
But with the likes of Mandela Egbo, Reece Oxford, Ademola Lookman and Jadon Sancho highlighting the benefits in moving to the Bundesliga at a young age, Brewster is unsurprisingly interested.
Liverpool are said to be “ready to take the matter to FIFA,” however, as they bid to persuade the youngster his future lies at Anfield.
It is likely that they will find alternative opposition for their pre-season date, but their move to cancel arrangements with Gladbach underlines their frustration at this illegal advance.
Brewster is also on the radar of RB Leipzig, but Gladbach were believed to be the “most advanced” in negotiations, having already signed Keanan Bennetts from Tottenham on Friday.