Liverpool over the years have been rich with young talent, Fowler, Owen, Carragher and Gerrard to name but a few. This trend had, over recent years, seemingly stilled until a resurgent academy under the stewardship of Director Alex Inglethorpe and Pepijn Lijnders has seen emphasis and trust being put back into our youngsters.
Ovie Ejaria, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Woodburn and Harry Wilson have all bagged minutes for the first team recently. So who now do we to expect to make the step-up? Step forward Rhian Brewster. Brewster has been something of an unknown quantity amongst the majority of our fan base but has, this season, been making sizable strides in becoming the next big hope. Liverpool have a long tradition of bringing through young, local talent, and Brewster almost fits that bill perfectly, he is young, extremely talented but is actually a product of Chelsea Football Club. The London born lad was recruited from Chelsea at the age of 15, blessed with blistering pace and keen eye for goal, it is perhaps without surprise that the now 17 year old, is a player becoming well known to Mr Klopp.
Rhian Brewster arrived at Liverpool courtesy of a suggestion from former Reds U23 coach Michael Beale, who was familiar with the player having worked together at Chelsea. It has become abundantly clear since, the reasons behind that recommendation. Brewster’s isn’t just pace, he has an ability to play across the front line whilst maintaining a constant goal threat due to his intelligence of movement and fine finishing.
Brewster has only, this season, moved up to the U18 set up and swiftly became one the sides most consistent and stand out performers throughout to date.
January 22nd 2017, Brewster continued his rise to prominence within the academy with his debut for the U23’s vs Ipswich Town in which he scored the 2nd in a 3-0 victory. Following his run out, current U23 boss Mike Garrity spoke in glowing terms to the Liverpool Echo and gave a slight clue as to his thoughts on where he would like to see him over the remainder of the season “He did very well. He’s got a lovely personality and is a great character. He’s a wise old owl (for his age). It’s about getting him working in the right way.
He’s not trained with the first team at all but maybe moving forward the plan will be to nudge him towards our training group. With a possible to probable loan arrangement being made for our promising American, Brooks Lennon, and the likes of Ojo and Wilson threatening to be further utilized for first team duties, opportunities could be aplenty.
Whilst there are, of course, no guarantees of a transition from Academy to first team, Brewster is making quite the impression and his ability to fit across the front line bringing goals and pace to the side does nothing more than further aid his cause. He really could the next talented product to come from the production line of talent that has the the Liverpool Academy.
Written by Jamie Brown (@AnfieldPulse)