Rhian Brewster reportedly considered quitting Liverpool a year ago because of his fears over possible first-team opportunities.
Twelve months ago, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings and Dominic Solanke were all ahead of the teenage striker as back-up for Roberto Firmino.
Borussia Monchengladbach tried to sign him at the time, according to The Athletic, and Brewster gave ‘serious consideration to quitting’ Liverpool.
However, manager Jurgen Klopp stepped in and assured Brewster that the pathway to the first team was there.
He signed a professional deal until 2023 and Sturridge, Ings and Solanke have all since left.
The 19-year-old is still yet to make his senior debut for Liverpool despite being named on the bench on several occasions.
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Brewster started off at Chelsea’s academy before moving to Liverpool at the age of 14 with the perception there would be a better chance of breaking into their first team than at Stamford Bridge.
Klopp has handed 15 academy players their debuts but only Trent Alexander-Arnold has cemented a place in the first team.
Players are now leaving Liverpool in search of opportunities with several loaned out to gain experience and players like Rafa Camacho, Ryan Kent and Bobby Duncan all leaving on permanent deals.
Ironically, Chelsea’s youngsters are getting an opportunity in the first team under Frank Lampard with a spine of talent in Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori all shining this season.
An agent of several youngsters in the Premier League told The Athletic: “I don’t think you can compare Liverpool now to the situation at Chelsea in previous seasons.
“Liverpool don’t have 40-odd young players out on loan and they don’t have a massive first team squad. What’s changed at Chelsea this season has been forced on them to an extent with the transfer ban.
“The care and effort Liverpool put into the loans and pathway process is much greater. They don’t give out silly wages to youngsters who haven’t achieved much.
“It’s not easy at Liverpool because kids there are trying to break into arguably the best team in Europe. But the manager and the club in general are committed to developing young players.”