Jurgen Klopp told his press conference that there is “so much to come” from Rhian Brewster and that the “door is wide open” for him to do big things for Liverpool.
Asked about the young forward’s injury situation, Klopp responded by saying: “Rhian got a knock with the keeper, bruised hip so we will have to see. It’s nice to see him back.”
The boss also celebrated Brewster’s birthday, adding: “His birthday this week, 19 years old. Crazy, so much to come. The door is wide open for him.”
The 2017 U17 FIFA World Cup Golden Boot winner was supposed to be an integral part of the Liverpool squad this season but required two surgeries to fix an ankle injury.
The 19-year-old scored a goal in his first game back after 15 months out on the sideline after just six minutes when the Liverpool U23s beat American college side Northwestern University 4-0 at Kirkby.
While it’s clear that Brewster is a talented and confident player but it will be interesting to see how he copes with playing against fully grown men in the Premier League.
Something young players often struggle to cope with when they make the step up is the speed at which the game is played at in England’s top league.
One player who seemed to struggle with this was Dominic Solanke as the former Chelsea forward scored just one goal last season and was then sold to Bournemouth.
Brewster will look to emulate the rise to prominence that fellow Academy graduate Trent Alexander-Arnold hs enjoyed.
It might be slightly easier to make the step up to playing for the Liverpool first team when you’re a fullback given the pressure to score goals but Brewster will embrace the challenge.