Liverpool have excluded forward Rhian Brewster from their squad for the League Cup trip to face Lincoln City ahead of a possible transfer away from the club.

According to Melissa Reddy, in the Independent, Brewster will not be in Liverpool’s squad as Sheffield United eye up a swoop for the striker before the end of the transfer window.

The report claims that Jurgen Klopp and Chris Wilder have held further talks over a deal for the 20-year-old, although no fee has been agreed between the two clubs at this point. Crystal Palace and Brighton are also said to be interested in the player Liverpool value at £25m.

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With Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi ahead of him in the pecking order at Anfield, a move away from the club – permanently or on loan – appears to be the best course of action. There is little point in risking him in a cup match against Lincoln if he is set to leave the club, as they could give some valuable minutes to Origi instead.

Keeping Origi sharp and match-fit in order to push Firmino this season is more important than giving a player who may not even be at the club next month some game time. Liverpool need to do what is best for them and that – on paper – is leaving Brewster out of the squad and starting Origi.

It will now be down to Sheffield United and Liverpool to thrash out terms and come to an agreement on Brewster. If he does leave the club, hopefully, he will be able to go on and have a successful career. The report claims that the club want a buy-back clause in any deal, which means that Liverpool could bring him back to Anfield for an agreed price if he does excel in the Premier League with another club.

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