Liverpool have cashed in on young talent Rhian Brewster after Sheffield United came knocking with a £23.5million offer, but they may already have his replacement.
The Reds snapped up young German talent Melkamu Frauendorf back in August and it was a move that slipped in through the back door. However, after his former coach has waxed lyrical about his abilities, he may be given the opportunity to step up to the plate at the Merseyside outfit.
The 16-year-old made his move to England after progressing through Hoffenheim’s academy, where he has left a lasting impression on the staff there.
Frauendorf’s potential at Liverpool
“Mel is a very flexible player,” Hoffenheim youth coach Danny Galm told the Liverpool ECHO. “He is straightforward with a good technique and very, very good endurance. He didn’t score the most goals, but he was involved in almost all offensive actions.
“For me, he was a very important player, who often initiated decisive moments with his dynamic and straight dribbling. I’m not a fan of comparing players to others but Mel is a special player. He is fast and has good endurance, and he wants to learn, but remains creative.”
From Galm’s comments on the teenager, he sounds like an ideal fit for Jurgen Klopp’s high-intensity style of play. His pace will suit Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah like a glove.
Is Frauendorf Brewster’s replacement?
Given the timings of the incoming and outgoing deals, Liverpool may have known Brewster would be leaving this window ahead of his final move. The Reds have welcomed a number of rising youth stars to the club over the summer and may have planned this move a little more carefully.
With Brewster having never played a Premier League game for Liverpool, it puts him around the same level as Frauendorf, who has already scored one goal in his two appearances for the U18s (via Transfermarkt).
Boasting the ability to play across any position in attack plus being able to slot into attacking midfield, Frauendorf could provide excellent cover for a number of first team roles. If his progress is fast, fans could see him integrated into the first team at the rate fellow youngster Harvey Elliott is.
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