Liverpool won’t be allowing Rhian Brewster to leave the club without putting up a fight for the teenage sensation.
The prospect of regular first team opportunities has seemingly attracted the striker to the Bundesliga, where fellow England starlets Ademola Lookman and Jadon Sancho are currently plying their trade with RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund, respectively.
Both clubs are reportedly now interested in Brewster, who is yet to sign a professional contract at Anfield since turning 18 in April.
The Reds have activated the third year of Brewster’s Academy scholarship to ensure no other clubs are currently able to approach him, reports the Liverpool Echo’s James Pearce.
Brewster’s current focus is his rehabilitation from ankle surgery that has seen him sidelined since January.
The injury proved an untimely disruption to a campaign in which he would have enjoyed regular U23s action courtesy of a number of players departing on loan in January.
At the top of his glowing resume sits his Golden Boot award from England’s winning U17 World Cup campaign in India last October.
Beneath it remains his early promotion to the U23s at the beginning of last year and a swift impression that saw him earn a place on the senior bench for a clash with Crystal Palace towards the end of the season.
A loan move to Celtic recently emerged as a possibility, although Jurgen Klopp is also believed to be keen on testing the striker in the first-team as early as next season.
To lose him at this stage of his development would be a crushing blow to the club, and a disappointment having not been able to see how he could fare alongside the likes of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.