Jurgen Klopp predicts important role for ‘top talent’ Rhian Brewster at Liverpool this season


Rhian Brewster scored twice as Liverpool thrashed Tranmere Rovers (Picture: Getty)

Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Rhian Brewster has an important role to play for Liverpool this season after the youngster scored twice in their 6-0 win over Tranmere Rovers.

The highly-rated 19-year-old started Liverpool’s opening pre-season match at Prenton Park and impressed with an assist and two confident finishes before coming off at half-time.

Brewster, who won the Golden Boot when England’s U17 side lifted the World Cup in 2017, has endured an injury nightmare after being sidelined for 15 months with a serious ankle injury.

He finally returned to fitness in April and Klopp hinted that he would compete with senior strikers Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi for a place in Liverpool’s attack following Daniel Sturridge’s departure.

Jurgen Klopp has predicted big things for Rhian Brewster at Anfield (Picture: Getty)

When asked whether it will be a big season for Brewster, Klopp responded: ‘100 per cent, but again it depends on him as well.

‘Divock Origi stays, obviously, which is good news; Bobby Firmino is still there; Rhian Brewster is a top striker, a top talent, and I am really happy.

‘I told him already, he has an important role this year – but how important? Again, it depends on him and we will see.

‘He has to play different positions as well because the centre is OK, wing I think is possible, and then we will see how we can line up. There will be opportunities for him, I am really sure.’

Divock Origi was also on the scoresheet at Prenton Park (Picture: Getty)

Brewster joined Liverpool’s academy in 2014 after spending six years at Chelsea and was rewarded for his progress on Merseyside with a five-year contract last June.

Injury problems have delayed Brewster’s impact on the first-team and although he is yet to make his senior debut, he was named on the bench for the thrilling 4-0 win over Barcelona in May.

After the game, Brewster admitted that he is taking everything in his stride after being out of action for so long.

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‘This time last year I was out injured, I was here watching the boys play against Tranmere and this year I’m here playing,’ he said.

‘It’s mad how far you can come in a year. I’m loving every minute of pre-season. It’s tough, don’t get me wrong, but I’d rather be out there than on the treatment bench.

‘I’m taking every moment as it comes. It’s great to be back out there.’

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