The striker scored twice in a 6-0 pre-season friendly win over Tranmere.

Jurgen Klopp: 'Rhian Brewster has important role to play this season'

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Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster has been told by manager Jurgen Klopp he has an important role to play this season.

The 19-year-old, who scored twice in a 6-0 pre-season friendly win against Tranmere, could end up saving the Reds boss millions in the transfer window if he fulfils his potential.

He has been lined up to fill the boots vacated by Daniel Sturridge as the team's third-choice centre-forward after Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi, who has just signed a new contract.

However, Klopp wants the player to start developing his all-round game.

"I love the boy, he is fantastic player, but one of the goals I would have scored," said Klopp.

"We knew Rhian was a good player before. Why should I play it down? I just don't want to talk after a game about the guy who scored two goals.

"I saw a really good game and Rhian is a fantastic player.

"One hundred per cent [it is a big season] but it depends on him as well. Divock Origi stays which is good news, Bobby Firmino is still there.

"Rhian Brewster is a top striker, he is a top talent and I have told him already that he has an important role this year but how important depends on him.

"We will see. He has to play different positions as well – the centre, wing is possible I think, we will see how we line up, but there will be opportunities for him. I am sure."

Liverpool have so far signed youngster Sepp Van Den Berg but are not expected to make any major signings this summer.

"Rhian Brewster, (Alex) Oxlade-Chamberlain didn't play last year, all the young boys didn't play for us last year," said Klopp.

"The transfer market is open. We will see what we do, but I don't think it will be the biggest transfer window of all time."

In addition to Brewster's double there were also goals for Origi, Curtis Jones, Bobby Duncan and Nathaniel Clyne in a squad which relied heavily on youth, with a number of internationals still to return to training.

Of the squad which won the Champions League 40 days ago, James Milner, Adam Lallana, Simon Mignolet, Joe Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Fabinho, Origi and Joel Matip all featured for 45 minutes at Prenton Park.

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Jurgen Klopp: 'Rhian Brewster has important role to play this season'

Manchester United's Harry Maguire chase 'very much alive'

Manchester United are reportedly still confident of reaching an agreement with Leicester City for central defender Harry Maguire.

The Red Devils are believed to be the only side in the running to sign the England international following Manchester City's decision to look elsewhere.

Leicester apparently increased their asking price for Maguire to £70m, which City were reluctant to pay.

Sky Sports News reports that United remain keen to sign the 26-year-old, though, and a source close to the negations has described their pursuit as "very much alive".

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have already signed two British players this summer, with Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James arriving for a combined £65m.

Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina is another reported target on Solskjaer's radar.

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Report: Manchester United pull out of Sean Longstaff move

Newcastle United youngster Sean Longstaff is reportedly no longer a target for Manchester United after they were quoted £50m for the midfielder.

Following last season's disappointing sixth-placed finish in the Premier League, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has focused on bringing in young, British players in the transfer window.

Daniel James was signed from Swansea City for £15m and Aaron Wan-Bissaka followed close behind from Crystal Palace for £50m.

Longstaff was touted as the next name on Solskjaer's list, but The Mirror claims that Newcastle's reluctance to accept anything lower than £50m has forced Man United to look elsewhere.

The Red Devils are rumoured to value the 21-year-old at no more than £20m as he has started just eight Premier League matches.

Meanwhile, it is believed that Steve Bruce will take over as the Magpies' new manager as early as Friday.

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