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Jurgen Klopp says that Liverpool could buy a player in the January transfer market if they release Rhian Brewster on loan.

While the club is keen to release the 19-year old for the second half of the season, they are adamant that it must be to a club who are willing to give him the type of minutes that can benefit his game.

Brewster became part of the senior squad in the summer after fully recovering from a long term ankle injury, but so far he has been consigned to Carabao Cup duty.

While Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Championship side Swansea have been linked, there has been no firm decision as yet.

But speaking in his Bournemouth pre-match press conference, The Reds manager alluded to the fact that he wouldn’t want to leave his squad short in the striking department.


The Echo reported Klopp as saying:

Yes, we have to see. We can't just give the boys [away] on loan because we have built this squad.

“ We have three long-term injuries and four with Paul Glatzel, two of them were pre-season. Two came later with Joel (Matip) and Fabinho.

“That gives us a 16-player squad and I count the kids, but we cannot only give players on loan and think it is good for him, we always have to consider both situations.

“The boys and ours, and in the end, we try to make the perfect solution. Sometimes it works out, others it does not."

Klopp believes that the long term injury suffered by Brewster could have put back his development.




"Maybe Rhian is the one, age-wise, experience-wise, if he had not been injured, he would already have been on a different level, but that is the situation and we constantly think of the situation for the boys.

“ He is very young, but still a bit advanced, but I don't know, we don't make decisions right now.


"If we do [loan him] then it 100 per cent needs to be the right club.

“They have all made steps here without playing Championship football week in and week out.


"They have all made massive steps here and Rhian's was delayed because of that big injury he had.

“Neco (Williams), Curtis (Jones) and Harvey (Elliott) have made massive steps here without playing week in and week out. No decision has been made yet [on the loan]."

One young Reds star who has thrived on loan over the past few years is Harry Wilson.

Currently at Bournemouth, the Welsh international is ineligible for the clash with his parent club today.

But Klopp has seen enough to say that he can make the grade if he continues to progress at the rate he has.


" Can he succeed? Of course, that's why we loaned him so he can make the steps.

“It would have been difficult for Harry and I would have loved to have had him here if we had another choice, especially when Shaq (Xherdan Shaqiri) was injured, you want to have these kinds of players, but that is not the moment to decide.

“All the players we sent on loan have the chance to make it in the first team otherwise we would have sold them. His shooting is world class, that is how it is.

“Find me five players who shoot better than him, that is obvious, but the game is more and that is what he has to improve and that is clear. 

“ But to be involved as an offensive player you have to connect with other players.

“He has that, it is not like he doesn't, but to get to the next level, he needs game-time at the highest level and that is why we loaned him to Bournemouth."


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