We will not rely on them - Klopp gives verdict on Liverpool striking options for next season
By Matt Bullin
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has stated that Rhian Brewster and Ben Woodburn will not be relied upon next season.
The Reds boss has included the pair, both 17, in his senior squads on a number of occasions this term.
Woodburn has featured eight times for the senior squad, scoring one goal against Leeds in the EFL Cup.
Meanwhile Brewster is yet to make his full debut, but he was included on the bench in the 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace.
Both have been in fine form for the Under-23s this season, and Woodburn has eight goals in 14 Premier League 2 games, while Brewster has three goals in eight appearances.
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Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Klopp was keen to say that the youngsters would not be relied upon in the senior team next season.
He said: “It should not be the case that we are relying on them for next season, but there will always be space for them to perform in a few matches if they are ready in this moment.
“They have to develop, they have to learn, they have 17 or 18-year careers ahead of them.
“They need to be prepared for the moment when they are really proper players and until then we use them when we need to. We involve them when we think they are ready.”
Liverpool’s striking issues have been widely publicised this season as Daniel Sturridge has struggled with injuries and looks likely to leave in the summer.
While Divock Origi does not look the finished article and has had mixed performances throughout the season.
With those issues, and Danny Ings’ long term absence, the the main responsibility has fallen on Roberto Firmino’s shoulders.
Should Liverpool not invest in more options up front in the summer, Brewster and Woodburn could well become more than squad players next season.
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