Sheffield United will have to wait until January if they want to sign Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster – reports the Liverpool Echo.
Jurgen Klopp is apparently keen to give Brewster at least half of the 2020/21 season to try and break into his first team.
This will come as a blow to the Blades, who have been linked with a move for the 20-year-old. It’s said Brewster could move to Bramall Lane permanently, although a loan seems much more likely.
Klopp is a bid admirer of Chris Wilder and his management style and views United as the “perfect place” for Brewster to continue his development.
Yet now the German wants to give the England Under-21 international a chance with the reigning champions. Despite the fact Brewster is still clearly down the pecking order.
The forward scored three goals in two pre-season friendlies. But was only a 90th minute substitute in the Community Shield defeat to Arsenal, coming off the bench and missing in the penalty shootout.
Although Klopp could make six substitutions, Brewster was fourth choice to be brought on as he team chased an equaliser. Takumi Minamino and Naby Keita both came on before the youngster.
Sheffield United shouldn’t give up hope on Brewster
This lack of game time could work in Wilder’s favour in his pursuit of Brewster. Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are clearly the first choice attack at Anfield.
As well as Minamino and Keita, Divock Origi, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Xherdan Shaqiri are among Klopp’s other forward options.
It might have worked in Brewster’s favour had the Premier League voted to retain five subs next term. The number of players top flight teams could bring on was increased post-lockdown.
Yet the league voted to bring that back down to three for 2020/21. Therefore, if Brewster decides he needs more opportunities, a move to South Yorkshire could still be a possibility.