​Swansea are in pole position for Liverpool starlet Rhian Brewster due to the player's relationship with Steve Cooper, as the teenage striker looks set for a loan move in January.

The 19-year-old had been tipped for a breakthrough season in Liverpool's first-team, after recovering from a serious injury which kept him out of almost the entire 2018/19 campaign.

Daniel Sturridge's departure seemed to open the door for the Under-17 World Cup winner, while Jurgen Klopp called the player - who was a contemporary of Jadon Sancho, Phil Foden and Callum Hudson-Odoi in the England youth set-up - ​a 'really big talent'.


However, ​Liverpool's near-perfect half-season has afforded Brewster little opportunities, with the striker featuring only in the Carabao Cup to date.

Last week it was reported that Liverpool were expected to ​sanction loan moves for both Brewster and Curtis Jones in January in a bid to get them more first-team game-time.

​The Telegraph's Mike McGrath claims that Swansea are the frontrunners for Brewster owing to the forward's relationship with manager Steve Cooper.

Cooper was the coach behind England's Under-17s World Cup success two years ago, where Brewster won the Golden Boot and Bronze Ball.

In addition to Swansea, McGrath names promotion chasers Leeds United, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End as interested, as well as struggling Huddersfield Town.

Apparently Premier League Crystal Palace were also interested in a temporary move, but Liverpool are keen to guarantee a club where Brewster will get regular game time - making a Championship side most likely.

Brewster may or may not feature in Tuesday night's Carabao Cup quarter-final against Aston Villa, with Liverpool forced to field a second-string side due to the first-team already being in Qatar for the Club World Cup.

Rhian Brewster

The young forward is carrying a slight injury, as noted by Under-23s coach Neil Critchley who will lead the Reds on Tuesday in Klopp's absence.

He said of Brewster: "He’s got a knock so he’s doubtful. We’re assessing him today, fingers crossed he makes it. We’ll see.”