Reports on Saturday in several newspapers explain how Liverpool are concerned that teenage striker Rhian Brewster will move to Germany this summer.
Brewster, who saw his season ended when he underwent a knee operation in March, is yet to have signed a professional contract at Liverpool since turning 18 in April.
The highly-rated striker, who impressed as England won the Under-17s World Cup last summer, is the target of several Bundesliga clubs and the player is said to be considering his options.
Borussia Monchengladbach are named as the frontrunners, while RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund are also said to hold an interest in the U17s World Cup Golden Boot winner.
Dortmund signed Jadon Sancho from Man City last summer, while fellow young English players Reece Oxford and Ademola Lookman have also found success in terms of playing opportunities in Germany this season.
Should Brewster depart Anfield before signing a professional contract, Liverpool would only be entitled to a compensation fee set by a tribunal.
The news of Brewster’s contract impasse and interest from Germany explains why it was leaked in the press in March that the striker was set to be promoted to Jurgen Klopp‘s first-team squad this summer.
For Brewster, you can see why a move to Germany may appeal, with the lure of more playing time a good reason to depart Merseyside.
On the one hand, he will have seen the limited options for Ben Woodburn this season – with the 18-year-old attacker making just one substitute appearance for the first-team – while he will also have watched as Trent Alexander-Arnold made himself a regular in Klopp’s side.
Brewster scored six goals and made seven assists in 15 games for Liverpool’s Under-23s this season, before ankle and then knee surgery curtailed his season.
Celtic had been linked with a loan move for the 18-year-old next season, and while a move to Scotland may not be what the player wants, a loan move to a Bundesliga side could suit all parties in the short-term. Liverpool and other clubs have regularly agreed new contracts for players before loaning them out.
Brewster’s dad is a massive Liverpool fan, as former Liverpool Under-23s coach Michael Beale explained to us in an interview last year: “The opportunity for him and his son, as a Liverpool fan, to come to Liverpool at 14 was fantastic.”
On the player’s potential, Beale enthused: “If you look at him he is very lean and very much like Trent but two years younger. Very lean and needs time to fill out but he is very quick and scores lots of different types of goals.
“His finishing is excellent and very clinical and calm. He is not just a number 9, he can play 10 or on the sides and be equally effective. I think he has an outstanding future.”
Hopefully that outstanding future remains at Liverpool.