After a series of reports suggested the move looked likely to fall through due to indecision about contract clauses, Liverpool and Swansea have reached an agreement, and highly touted youngster Rhian Brewster will head to Wales to see out the rest of the season.
The Swans are currently battling for promotion from the Championship, and sit in sixth place of the hotly contested playoff field. Only six points separate third placed Brentford and 12th placed Cardiff City, so the 19-year old will be expected to produce immediately for a side with ambitions of making good their return to the Premier League.
Assuming he gets to play in his favoured central striker spot, the youngster will be competing for minutes with former Atlético Madrid forward Borja Bastón, while the wide attacker slots are populated by a rotation of Jordan Ayew, Wayne Routledge, Nathan Dyer and Kristoffer Peterson. There is ample competition, in other words, and Brewster will have to work to earn whatever playing time he can.
The loan system has yet to produce much in the way of first-team contributors for the Reds, but the former Chelsea man is highly rated at Melwood, and there is little reason to think this move in any way indicates that the club staff have lost faith in Brewster’s potential to make a career for himself at Anfield.