Jurgen Klopp told the press that Rhian Brewster has struggled with the intensity of pre-season but says the future is bright for the young forward.
The 19-year-old has scored three goals this summer, impressing onlookers with his pace, intelligence and maturity but fans and pundits need to be patient.
While fans want him to burst onto the scene in spectacular fashion, it’s much more likely that he will need time to adjust and grow into the quality player coaches believe he can.
Klopp told the media: “This was his first first-team pre-season. After a long injury, long, intense.
“It started really well then pre-season knocked him down, you really feel your legs, but we are super positive about him. No pressure.
“With the talent and attitude he has, it will be fine, but when I don’t know. In a lot of pre-season moments, he looked really good. The future is bright.”
Brewster will likely make his senior debut this season but he is unlikely to be a key figure in the way that Divock Origi was from the bench last season, scoring important goals to help the Reds win the Champions League and reach 97 points in the Premier League.
If Brewster is given his chance and even if he scores a goal or two against the likes of Norwich, he’s still too young to shoulder the responsibility of carrying Liverpool to silverware.
That said, it’s going to be amazing watching his rise to stardom at Anfield, even if it will take a few years rather than a few months.