With 24-year-old Red Bull Salzburg attacker Takumi Minamino set to join Liverpool in January, manager Jürgen Klopp will have found himself a versatile depth option who can convincingly fill in anywhere across the front three.
And with that, all of a sudden it becomes feasible for the club to send a couple of youngsters out on loan, promising players who largely haven’t been needed so far this season and whose development requires minutes.
That’s the story according to The Express at least, who wasted no time turning the Minamino incoming story into a story about Rhian Brewster and Curtis Jones now being on their way out at the club—at least temporarily.
Whether this particular transfer rumour reflects any genuine insight, it’s a reasonable enough story to spin, and one that lines up with chatter in recent weeks that had the duo likely to head out on loan if a signing was made.
With Minamino, who Liverpool beat Bayern Munich and Manchester United to, now set to arrive—and with the player being eligible to play in the Champions League knockout rounds due to UEFA rule changes—a pair of loans is likely.
In both cases, the goal would be to find the players Premier League sides willing to commit to giving them minutes, and Crystal Palace has been linked, while in the Championship Swansea are said to be pushing hard to sign both.