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Rumor Mongering: Crystal Palace Keen On Rhian Brewster Loan

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Can the talented Liverpool 19-year-old striker get some much needed minutes in London?

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Rhian Brewster, hoping Roy Hodgson won’t recognize him.
Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Among Liverpool’s standout youth prospects, Rhian Brewster arguably stands out the most. Liverpool fought tooth and nail to keep Brewster from making a move to the Bundesliga, and all the noises coming out of the club this summer seemed to indicate that he was this close to making that next step up to first team football.

So far, that hasn’t quite been the case for the 19-year-old striker. Although he started both of Liverpool’s League Cup matches so far, he hasn’t gotten anywhere near the pitch in either the Premier League or Champions League.

Now, at least one source, Football Insider, believes Brewster could be headed to Crystal Palace for a loan spell during the January transfer window.

“A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that the visitors to Anfield for this afternoon’s Premier League clash have made an enquiry about the availability of Brewster on loan,” the report stated.

The transfer rumor might be a touch more credible if they managed to get simple facts—such as the location of today’s game—correct.

The move also doesn’t make too much sense, especially with FA Cup action coming up (and, Fowler forbid, a possible two-legged League Cup semifinal). Plus Liverpool’s attacking options after the front three are perilously thin, even with Brewster at the club. However, if Liverpool find themselves out of both cup competitions at the end of January, and with a similar lead (or better) in the league, a loan such as this one might become appealing.

There is also the question of whether the Liverpool coaching staff wish to let Roy Hodgson get his claws into young Rhian Brewster. There are worse clubs to go to, for sure, but it doesn’t appear to be a very good fit stylistically, to say the least.

Considering the source, the timing, and the problems with depth and remaining cup competitions, this seems unlikely at the moment.