Rhian Brewster shows why he may play a big part in Liverpool’s first team next season

Rhian Brewster

Liverpool got their pre-season friendlies off to a flying start with a 6-0 win over Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park on Thursday evening.

The young Reds striker put a season of injury woes behind him by turning on the style against League One side Tranmere and, in doing so, declared himself fit, ready and able to play a part in Jurgen Klopp’s first-team squad for the 2019/20 campaign.

It’s no secret that Liverpool have been quiet in the transfer market so far this summer. Could Klopp’s faith in Brewster’s abilities be one of the main reasons why Liverpool have not looked to spend big on another forward?

The Reds’ first-choice front three is somewhat set in stone at the moment with Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane leading the line for the team. Divock Origi has also proved to be a more-than-capable fill-in when called upon. However, with Daniel Sturridge now departed, that’s as deep as Liverpool’s talent pool goes, in attacking terms.

Origi, having signed a contract extension earlier this week, is expecting to get plenty of early-season opportunities to show his worth to the first team. This is because Salah, Firmino and especially Mane will be allowed some extra time to readjust after a long arduous summer for their respective international teams.

At Tranmere on Thursday, Brewster showed that he knows where the goal is too. The 19-year-old who scored a fantastic eight goals in six games at the 2017 under-17 World Cup for England, looks like he may well be a once-in-a-generation talent – possibly rivalling stars like Michael Owen or Robbie Fowler.

Yes, that’s a lot of pressure to put on such young shoulders but if Klopp can keep Brewster focused on doing the basics right for the first season of his career, we could be seeing Liverpool’s young star more than we expect to next season.

Brewster only played the first half against Tranmere and managed to chip in with a brace. His first goal was an excellent instinctive header after Harry Wilson’s cross from the right ricocheted up and above the striker.

Just before half time, Brewster grabbed his second pouncing on a rebound after the Tranmere goalkeeper parried James Milner’s initial effort.

The youngster will have been itching to get back on the pitch for the second half but Klopp and his backroom team had already agreed, as is the case in all early pre-season friendlies, that an entirely different eleven would take to the field after the interval.

Brewster won’t have too long to wait for another taste of first-team action as he’s likely to play a part in Liverpool’s trip to Bradford City this Sunday.

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