Liverpool goalkeeper Andy Lonergan has admitted to BBC Radio Lancashire (55:20) that he told Rhian Brewster he could take Preston North End to the Premier League.

Preston were linked with a move for Brewster ahead of the January transfer window, with North End seemingly viewing the youngster as the man who could bring some predatory instincts in the final third.

North End missed out on Brewster though, as Liverpool sent the 19-year-old to Swansea City instead. The Swans are managed by Steve Cooper, Brewster’s former England youth coach, which certainly made sense.

Rhian Brewster of Swansea City celebrates scoring against Preston North End. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)


On Saturday, Preston faced Brewster for the first time. Just like how it was fate that Scott Sinclair’s first Preston goal came against his former club in Swansea, Brewster just had to score against North End too.

The teenager finished from close range as Andre Ayew picked him out, giving Swansea a 1-1 draw at Deepdale. Brewster didn’t exactly endear himself to Preston fans, firstly celebrating in front of the North End faithful before lunging at Ben Pearson in the second half – a challenge for which he was fortunate to only pick up a yellow card.

Still, Brewster has shown why Preston wanted him. Two goals in four games for the Swans is a great start, showcasing why many have backed him for a huge future at Liverpool.

Now, ex-Preston and current Liverpool goalkeeper Lonergan has admitted that Brewster did actually speak to him about joining Preston, with Lonergan telling the striker he could take North End up.

Rhian Brewster of Swansea City celebrates scoring against Preston North End. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

Lonergan even told somebody at Preston to pull out all the stops to sign Brewster, but he chose Swansea. Lonergan really thinks Brewster could have been the difference for North End, noting that he’s heard Preston did make a firm approach to him, whilst feeling we’re missing a striker of his quality.

“I know Preston were interested in him, and he spoke to me about Preston, and I just said ‘you could take them up’. For whatever reason, it never worked out, but I think he could have been the difference,” said Lonergan.

“He just asked me about it, obviously I spoke really highly of the club, and I spoke to someone at Preston and said ‘you’ve just got to do all you can to get him’. Obviously, he’s got links with the Swansea manager, and it’s not always straightforward. I don’t know if Preston made an approach for him – I’m hearing they did – but there’s not many of them strikers about,” he added.

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