Liverpool still have their own version of Jadon Sancho who could save Jurgen Klopp millions – Liverpool Echo

When England won the under-17 World Cup three years ago, four players from that squad stood out at the time.

In midfield, creative number 10 Phil Foden was already making waves coming through the ranks at Manchester City and picked up the Golden Ball (best player) award.

Next season he will be trusted with being City’s replacement for David Silva.

Out wide, Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi and then-Manchester City winger Jadon Sancho were impressing. Both players have established themselves at Champions League clubs since.

And Rhian Brewster was the tournament’s top goal scorer, as he netted eight times.

At the time, Brewster was considered as big a prospect as any of those other names, but picked up an ankle ligament injury not long afterwards that kept him out of action for over 12 months.

While Sancho, Hudson-Odoi and Foden kicked on, he was forced to begin the long process of recovering from a long-term setback, during which time he made a lasting friendship with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who was also in the treatment room at a similar time.

Signed from Chelsea in 2015, Brewster’s parents took the decision to move him up north at the age of 15 because they knew the pathway to the first-team at Anfield was much clearer.

Since then, Chelsea have improved considerably in that regard, but Brewster is unlikely to regret the transfer. This summer, and into the 2020/21 season, his decision to make the switch could pay off.

On the latest Analysing Anfield podcast, Josh Williams said: “Quick, young and scores goals: Rhian Brewster. He’s played 22 Championship matches for Swansea and scored 11 goals. He only joined in January and that is quite an impact.

“It’s going to give the likes of Michael Edwards and Jurgen Klopp a decision to make because usually when these players go out on loan, if they don’t make an impact they just end up disappearing.

“But those who do make an impact, like in Brewster’s case, might even supplement the squad. He could be an internal solution.

“One big question is whether he is capable of being a wide forward in the mould of a Sadio Mane or a Marcus Rashford or a player like that. If he can play wide and cut inside towards goal, that bodes a lot better for him. If he is a ‘nine’, he is limited a lot more.”

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David Hughes added: “Some of the goals have been really good goals – and a variety of goals as well. He is more of a traditional ‘nine’ which could open doors for Liverpool tactically next season.

“I’d be surprised if he went out on loan next season because he can be bedded into the squad.

“I’m pretty sure Rashford came through exclusively through the middle but because of his skillset he can play wide and do really well. Maybe Brewster will be in the same position over the next season or two.”

Wherever Brewster ends up playing long-term, the pathway to the top is clear. As his teammates Sancho, Foden and Hudson-Odoi have proven, the quartet’s talent is sufficient to make it at the top end of the Premier League. Brewster certainly has the attitude to match.

Given his injury and lack of opportunity at Anfield under Klopp to date, it has been misunderstood by some exactly how highly-rated the striker remains.

He lost more than a year’s development on Sancho, Foden and Hudson-Odoi, and as his time at Swansea has proven this year, even in six months, a player of his age can develop considerably.

If Brewster does push for more regular minutes – and his record at Swansea suggests he deserves them – then it might mean another temporary switch.

Swansea have already expressed an interest in having his services again next season, with Jurgen Klopp keen to assess the player during their short pre-season.

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Following that or even if he stays at Anfield into the new campaign, Liverpool could benefit immediately from an extra option in their front line.

The 20-year-old will hopefully still see his long-term future at Anfield regardless, and the Reds still have high hopes too.