Rhian Brewster may have only played 30 minutes of Liverpool’s 3-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Friday night but the young striker managed to bag himself another goal for The Reds.
The youngster’s excellently-taken penalty in the 75th minute brought his pre-season tally to four in three appearances or four in 120 minutes of football, to be more precise.
Liverpool’s number 24 coolly placed his spot-kick high into the top right-hand corner of the net, beyond the reach of Marvin Hitz in the Dortmund goal.
Jurgen Klopp and Reds fans everywhere will be delighted with the technique and composure displayed by Brewster. With each passing game, he continues to show us that he may well be ready for the step up to the ‘big boys’.
With Liverpool’s front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané all having endured an extra-long 2018/19 campaign due to the summer’s international tournaments, Brewster and Divock Origi are expected to play a significant role in The Reds’ early-season endeavours.
Brewster returned to full training in March this year after a serious ankle injury had kept him out for around 14 months.
The long-term injury seems to have helped the potential star in some ways, however. Brewster’s upper body strength has increased immensely, possibly due to more time spent on weights when his ankle was preventing him from partaking in any running or work with the ball.
Klopp will surely be tempted to give Brewster some early game-time in 2019/20 – we could even see him face Manchester City in the Community Shield – based on what he’s witnessed in pre-season so far.
Brewster initially caught the eye when he helped England U17s to the World Cup in 2017, winning the Golden Boot in the process with a fantastic eight goals in just six games. Brewster was also voted as the third-best player in the tournament overall.
The next two years could be huge for one of the most promising talents to break into Liverpool’s first-team squad in a long time.