Kevin Phillips has claimed Timo Werner’s imminent move to Chelsea is “a boost” to the likes of Rhian Brewster as Liverpool pulled out of the race for the German striker.

The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, tipped Brewster, 20, to push for a first team spot next season if the Reds refrain from signing another forward this summer.

Football Insider revealed that Chelsea are closing in on the signing of Werner, 24, after agreeing to trigger his £53million release clause earlier this month.

The Germany international had been a long-standing target for Jurgen Klopp but the financial implications of the coronavirus priced the Reds out of a deal.

Phillips suggested that the failed move for the 31-goal striker will inspire some of the clubs fringe and younger players.

“I am pretty sure if Liverpool really wanted to, they could have got the deal done but it looks like he is off to Chelsea,” he told Football Insider.

“If I am a young player at Liverpool and Werner goes to Stamford Bridge, it gives you a little boost.

“Someone like Brewster when he comes back from Swansea could push for a first team spot next year.

“It is encouraging for the younger players.

“It will be interesting to see what Liverpool do now, whether they go for someone else.”

Rhian Brewster has spent the second half of the 2019/20 campaign on loan at Swansea and has scored four goals in 11 appearances so far.

Football Insider revealed that the England Under-21 international is one of Steven Gerrard’s top targets this summer.

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