Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp ‘will be keen’ on Leeds United deal in January transfer window


Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster is on Leeds United’s winter wish list.

Jurgen Klopp will eager for Rhian Brewster to “learn” from Marcelo Bielsa if he completes a loan move to Leeds United, according to former Whites star Noel Whelan. Despite featuring heavily in pre-season, Brewster has found first-team football hard to come by this campaign.

The 19-year-old has only made two first-team appearances so far this season, both of which have come in the Carabao Cup.

As such, a loan move has been mooted for the young striker – with Championship title contenders Leeds understood to be keen on acquiring his services for the remainder of the season.

Whelan is a fan of Brewster and believes he’d flourish under the tutelage of Bielsa.

And the former Leeds forward believes Klopp will be inclined to send Brewster to Elland Road so he can learn a thing or two from the former Chile boss’ style of football.

“There is obviously interest from Leeds in Brewster and I’m sure there are a queue of clubs wanting to take him,” Whelan told Football Insider. “But Leeds have a good chance, definitely.

“A huge thing in Leeds’ favour is that Marcelo Bielsa is a great coach and Leeds play in a similar way to Liverpool – build out from the back, press from the front, high energy, smooth passing combinations and an aggressive playing style.

“That’s how Leeds signed Jack Harrison from Man City. Jurgen Klopp will be aware of that, and how Harrison has developed under Bielsa.

“Klopp will be keen for Brewster to join Leeds and learn under Bielsa.

“It’s probably in Klopp’s mind to send him to a team that play a similar style of football to Liverpool, and that’s where Leeds will fit the bill.

“The issue is how much game time he would have, as Patrick Bamford is the number one centre-forward at Leeds.”

Klopp is open to Brewster leaving Anfield to get more first-team experience but insists the Reds will only loan out the youngster to the “right club”.

He said: “Maybe Rhian is the one, age-wise, experience-wise, if he had not been injured, he would already have been on a different level, but that is the situation and we constantly think of the situation for the boys.

“He is very young, but still a bit advanced, but I don’t know, we don’t make decisions right now.

“If we do [loan him]then it 100 per cent needs to be the right club.”

Liverpool will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, taking on Flamengo in the final of the Club World Cup.

Leeds will also been in action on Saturday, travelling to Craven Cottage to take on Fulham. 

Klopp will be keen for Brewster to join Leeds and learn under Bielsa


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