Rhian Brewster is clearly getting the ‘new signing’ treatment – if his start to the season is anything to go by.

The youngster is yet to even appear on the bench in a Premier League game so far. For a player who is finally getting a first-team chance, it’s quite surprising.

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It’s also easy to worry, seeing as Jurgen Klopp called him one of Liverpool ‘new players’ in the summer.

If that’s the case, why isn’t he looking like a viable option?

Rhian Brewster

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Well, it’s almost certainly because Klopp can take his time with a ‘new signing’ – and clearly, that extends to ‘pseudo-signings’ like Brewster.


Fabinho, for instance, didn’t feature for months after signing last summer. Andy Robertson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain barely featured at all the previous year until around December. Judging from this methodology, Brewster is being held back while he gets up to speed.

Rhian Brewster, Trent Alexander-Arnold

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Brewster was out for over a year with injury but did bounce back in style quickly. Klopp felt pre-season was a little too intense for him, however – let alone Premier League football.

Brewster has been around for a while but it will take time for him to adapt to Liverpool’s style. But it does for everyone, be it a player arriving from AS Monaco or merely stepping up from the youth set-up.

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