Danny Mills suggested that Rhian Brewster could replace Divock Origi at Liverpool next season after a highly successful loan spell at Swansea.
The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the “fantastic” 20-year-old would be content with a place on the bench at Anfield next season.
Brewster spent the last six months at Swansea where he scored 11 goals in 22 appearances as the Welsh side narrowly missed out on the Championship play-off final.
Divock Origi was Roberto Firmino’s understudy last season but still managed to make an impressive 43 appearances across all competitions.
Mills suggested that Jurgen Klopp would give Brewster an opportunity to stake his claim for that role in preseason.
“He could quite possibly be ahead of Divock Origi next season,” he told Football Insider.
“We have seen what Mason Greenwood has done, how exciting he has been. Tammy Abraham has come back to Chelsea and had an impact. Players learn an awful lot from loan spells.
“He now comes back into a strange preseason but it still gives Klopp an opportunity to look at players and Brewster is a fantastic young player. He’s put himself in a very good position.
“How many top strikers want to sit on the bench? A younger player will accept being on the bench and that is one of the big differences.”
When speaking on the striker last month, Klopp said: “He has played a good season at Swansea and showed his talent.
“But it will be next year when we will talk with him and his representatives probably.”