Kevin Phillips claims that Jurgen Klopp has “a big decision to make” regarding the future of Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster this summer.
The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, believes that it would be “soul-destroying” for the 20-year-old to not be a regular part of the first team after an impressive preseason.
Brewster missed the decisive spot kick in yesterday’s Community Shield as the Reds lost 5-4 to Arsenal on penalties at Wembley.
Gutted with how things played out yesterday, but I’ll learn from it. Trusting the process. Love for all the support 🔴 pic.twitter.com/5EsZGDbLnV
— Rhian Brewster (@RhianBrewster9) August 30, 2020
The England Under-21 international had scored three goals in two preseason appearances going into the game, sparking questions as to whether he would be a major part of the first team picture at Anfield next season.
He spent the second half of the 2019/20 campaign on loan at Swansea City where he scored 11 goals in 22 appearances.
When asked by Football Insider if a prolific preseason would see Brewster remain at Anfield beyond the 5 October transfer deadline, Phillips said:
“He would have to be staking a claim in Klopp’s plans for next season if he keeps scoring. He has clearly been working hard and it looks like he has come back sharp, fit and ready to impress.
“It doesn’t matter whether it is preseason, a practice match – hitting the back of the net makes people stand up and take notice.
“Klopp will have a very keen eye on it and he will have a big decision to make. Does he send him out on loan or keep him for the first part of the season and see how it goes? The big thing for me is if he is not even in the squad next season. That would be soul-destroying. I hope they come to the right conclusion.”
In other Liverpool news, Darren Bent has told Reds sensation to reject move to PL giants after interest revealed.