By Connor Varnish – @cvarn4
It’s believed that Rhian Brewster will play a massive part in Liverpool’s first team next season.
With Daniel Sturridge’s departure this summer, Jurgen Klopp will be eager to give the 19-year old Englishman an opportunity to impress.
While Divock Origi, now Liverpool legend, will perhaps be first in the pecking order when it comes to the next man up in terms of attacking options off the bench, Brewster will no doubt command playing time as the Reds partake in a whopping seven competitions.
Jurgen Klopp has not hidden his admiration of Brewster, and may even refrain from purchasing an out-and-out striker this summer, largely in the hope that Brewster meets or even exceeds the expectations that playing for the Liverpool first team bring.
There’s certainly no doubting Brewster’s ability – he’s blessed with pace and has a keen eye for goal mainly, among other strengths. This proficiency was on full display in the 2017 season, particularly while the 19-year old was playing for England’s U17’s, bagging 20 goals in 23 appearances while also managing to win the FIFA U17 World Cup Golden Boot as well as the trophy itself.
Although Brewster suffered a severe ankle injury in early January of 2018 that saw him miss action for over a year, he appears to be nearing full fitness and was, of course, granted a spot on the bench in both the semi-final and final of the Champions League as a sign of Klopp’s faith in the lad. Despite not featuring in either game, it was a clear indication from the boss that the young Brewster’s time to shine is near.
Pre-season is already right around the corner as the Reds travel to the United States in less than a month to face off against the likes of Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla, and Sporting CP.
Brewster will likely be given ample opportunity to showcase just why Liverpool don’t need to spend big money on a striker. While there may be need for another versatile attacker across the front line, Brewster and Origi should prove sufficient enough backup for Bobby Firmino centrally, especially with the Reds participating in so many competitions this upcoming season.
Pre-season isn’t the best barometer in terms of judging a player’s first team readiness, but Brewster has shown his class for the both the U23 Liverpool team netting 10 goals and 12 assists in 23 appearances for the side, as well as the aforementioned 20 goals in 23 apps for the U17 English national team.
We’ve all seen the YouTube clips of how classy the kid is – screamers, deft chips over the keeper, and volleys that would even grab a certain Steven Gerrard’s attention.
The kid has it all, and perhaps I’m clutching at straws here, but he truly seems a perfect player for a traditional Jurgen Klopp team. He celebrated Liverpool’s sixth European Cup as if he started every match, he’s said all the right things in the press to indicate he’s willing to sacrifice for the greater of the team.
He has maintained nothing short of a professional attitude as he battled back from a disaster of an injury that seriously threatened to derail his blossoming career.
It won’t be easy, but Jurgen seems to have all the confidence in the world in Brewster – and thus, so should we. All that’s left now is for the 19-year-old wonderkid to prove he’s got the quality to be a mainstay in this Liverpool first team for the foreseeable future and hopefully add a few more pieces of silverware to his already impressive haul.