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Liverpool would have preferred to loan Rhian Brewster to Sheffield United rather than lose him on a permanent deal, according to Michael Brown.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Blades midfielder delivered his verdict after his former club completed a £23.5million deal for the striker.

Brewster put pen-to-paper on a five-year deal at Bramhall Lane last week as he became Sheffield United’s record signing.

Liverpool reportedly have a 15% sell-on clause and retain a buy-back option on the highly-rated 20-year-old.

Brewster failed to make a Premier League appearance for the Champions and only made four across various cup competitions.

Asked by Football Insider whether he was surprised that the fee was so high considering his inexperience, Brown said: “It’s a big call for him (Chris Wilder).

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“Chris likes him a lot. I think they’ve chased him all through the summer.

“They’ve watched his development.

“He’s a good, young, hungry player and I think it’s a different option for Sheffield United.

“They seem to not be getting the goals. 

“I don’t think Liverpool will have wanted to do a permanent deal – they may have been forced a little – but the bid is so good and the player wants to get playing so it probably suits all round.

“He would probably have had limited opportunities at Liverpool.”

Brewster got his only taste of regular first-team football on loan at Championship side Swansea City last season.

The striker joined the Welsh club in January and scored 11 goals in 22 appearances as the Swans reached the play-off semi-finals.

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