Liverpool legend Phil Thompson says he disagrees with the club’s decision to sell striker Rhian Brewster to Sheffield United for £23.5m.
The Reds do have a buyback option on the England Under 21 international, which stays in effect for three years, but Thompson feels the Premier League champions would have been better off selling the likes of Divock Origi or Xherdan Shaqiri:
“On the outgoings [at Liverpool], I’m disappointed that they decided to let Rhian Brewster go. I’d like him to have stayed. I can see some of the reasons why, but if you were asking me whether to go with Brewster or Divock Origi, for me, it’d be Origi going.”
“But on the football side, I can see he isn’t playing as many games, so maybe it’ll get him that first-team experience. There’s not too many forwards that have the aggression that Brewster has though. There’s a couple of others that could have gone, Xherdan Shaqiri, for example, could’ve brought a few quid in.”
Brewster certainly has a promising future ahead of him but the Blades’ offer was a sizeable one, considering the 20-year-old’s lack of experience in the top flight. You can understand Thompson’s disappointment but there were a number of factors in play that led to the youngster leaving Anfield
The summer transfer window was very much a buyer’s market due to the financial impact of the global health crisis, and with no decent offers on the table for either Origi or Shaqiri, the decision was made to offload Brewster instead.
Another loan could have perhaps been beneficial but with no guarantees of first-team football on his return, his development could well be better suited by moving permanently. If he reaches his potential, the Reds do have the power to buy him back as well.