Written by Hasib Afzal (@LFCTalk7)
Rhian Brewster could make his long awaited full debut for Sheffield United at non other than Liverpool; the club the striker recently left for on a £23.5 million deal. Brewster although highly rated at Anfield failed to cut the grade ahead of Liverpool’s number 9 Roberto Firmino.
A bittersweet departure followed with some Liverpool fans questioning the deal to let the younger striker go. Whether Klopp’s decision comes back to haunt the club still remains unknown. As previous history suggests, former Reds do not shy away from having a say against their former clubs.
Misunderstood, arrogant and phenomenal were just some of the words used to describe the Frenchman’s tenure at Anfield. Anelka after all wanted to don that Anfield shirt. Destiny had other plans as although a deal seemed certain, Gerard Houllier opted for El-Hadji Diouf. Hindsight is a wonderful thing as Liverpool fans know how that decision turned out.
With Anelka later leaving for Manchester City, the decision came back to bite Liverpool. In a match that transpired at Anfield, Anelka scored from the spot and lashed home a volley in the dying moments to hand Manchester City a priceless 2-1 victory. The result ultimately left Liverpool missing out on an automatic Champions League place.
A man revered on Merseyside. A man who could do no wrong, but Fowler was not a man but ‘a god’ to the Liverpool fans. So what went wrong? A training ground altercation with ,the then, assistant manager Phil Thompson set the departure in motion. Further reports of discontent between Fowler and Gerard Houllier left the striker’s position untenable. A 12 million pound transfer to Leeds United soon followed.
However, it was further down the line where Fowler would back come to have a say. During his time at Manchester City, the two sides met in an absolute classic. With the game deep into injury time, a Trevor Sinclair miscued volley fell perfectly into the path of Fowler to slot home as the game ended in a 2-2 draw. Fowler as he had done so often for Liverpool scored when it mattered most.
Will Brewster Have A Say?
Brewster’s confidence is at an all time high on the back end of a successful loan spell at Swansea where the striker bagged an impressive 11 goals in 22 games. This rich vein of form continued into Liverpool’s pre-season tour as goals against Stuttgart and RB Salzburg followed.
Brewster will arrive at Anfield with a chip on his shoulder and a point to prove. With uncertainty surrounding the Liverpool back four, the forward will have plenty to get his teeth tangled into. There is no better chance for Brewster to show Klopp what could have been.