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Jurgen Klopp can’t see Messi going to City

Jurgen Klopp can’t see Messi going to City

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Jurgen Klopp can’t see Messi going to City

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed youngster Rhian Brewster will begin the new season in the first-team picture at Liverpool.

Liverpool boss Klopp does not want to rush a decision on whether the 20-year-old striker should be loaned out again by the Premier League champions.

Brewster enjoyed an impressive spell at Swansea last term, scoring 11 goals in 22 games as they reached the Championship play-offs, and has again shone in pre-season.

Brewster struck twice as the Reds came from behind to draw 2-2 in a friendly against Salzburg on Tuesday and he was also on target against Stuttgart last weekend. Klopp has confirmed Brewster will play some part in today's Community Shield against Arsenal and, at present, he is in his plans.

The German said: "At the moment he is. We will have to see what will happen in the next few weeks. We want to use and help Rhian, that is why we have to make decisions - but not now.

"He looks really promising. Goals are the most important thing in the football world and he can score them, so that's good, but he is still a boy so, and in this position, number nine, experience helps a lot."

Meanwhile, Klopp has raised doubts as to whether Lionel Messi will make a Premier League move, after saying the finances of such a deal made it impossible for Liverpool to join the race for his signature.

Manchester City are exploring how to complete what would be one of the most extraordinary transfers in history, attempting to reunite Messi with his former Barcelona mentor Pep Guardiola.

And although Klopp recognises it would have a major impact on City's chances of wrestling back the title from Anfield, he did not sound convinced of a deal materialising.

"It would be interesting. Messi never played in another league other than in Spain," said Klopp.

"For the Premier League, it would be great, 100 per cent, to have the best player in the world in the league.

"I'm not sure the Premier League needs a boost, but it would be a boost for sure.

"Football is different here. I would like to see it, but I'm not sure I will."

The Premier League champions were never a serious option for the Argentine superstar since his transfer request was confirmed by Barcelona earlier this week.

A deal thought to cost around £500m for one player would be beyond the Merseyside club's means.

"Who doesn't want to have Messi in his team? But, no chance," said Klopp.

"The numbers are absolutely not for us. We don't even have to start thinking about it. It's all clear. No chance.

"But a good player, to be honest. It would obviously help Manchester City and make it even more difficult to beat them, which was already very difficult."

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