Jurgen Klopp has warned Rhian Brewster about the pressure that comes with playing in the Premier League when speaking to Liverpool’s official website.
The 19-year-old has already enhanced his reputation this summer with three goals in two games and will be keen to bag a few more before the start of the Premier League season.
With Sadio Mane reportedly set to miss the first game of the Premier League against Norwich City, the stage has been set for Brewster to force his way into Klopp’s plans and make his debut against the Canaries.
Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “You know how it is in football, it’s pre-season, he’s still very young. The thing is, the Premier League is the Premier League and we need to make sure he is ready for that. We think he is ready, to be honest, but we have to see when and how often and stuff like this.
“He is an exceptionally good boy and player and I am really excited about the future, but there is not pressure at all on him. The big guns are not in and we are all focused and the boys and stuff like that, but don’t put pressure on him.
“I think he can deal with it because he is a really confident boy, but to be a real Premier League striker you have to miss a chance in front of 50,000, hear the noise, feeling the importance and then if you go again, you have a good chance to be a really big gun.”
Brewster is blessed with natural pace and skill on the ball but what has been most impressive about his pre-season performances is his instinct in front of goal.
The three goals he has scored so far have come from following teammates’ shots on goal and using his reflexes to score the rebound and while Klopp would like to see more variety in his finishes, all great strikers need that innate ability to sense when a ball will fall to you.
Liverpool might well have the next great England forward in their ranks, so hopefully he can take his chances on and off the pitch to breakthrough into the starting lineup in the next few years.