Rhian Brewster was a surprise inclusion to Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final squad. Was this a sign of Klopp’s intentions for the youngster next season?
Brewster was restored to the senior squad after being sidelined since January last year with an ankle injury that required surgery.
Another devastating blow came two months into recovery, which again needed an operation to correct – this time his knee.Embed from Getty Images
When asked about the inclusion of Brewster before the first leg of the semi-final tie, Jürgen Klopp said, “Next season will be his season. He is now physically an adult, he grew a lot, he worked a lot and the training session was, to be honest, pretty impressive.”
Rhian hasn’t yet been handed a senior debut with the club. However, his performances within the youth ranks of the English National Team has many excited for the future.
2017 World Cup Heroics
Brewster was part of England’s U-17 World Cup winning squad in 2017.
After scoring a hat-trick in the quarter-final and semi-final, the teenager also struck a goal in the final game. His goal tally for the tournament came to eight goals in six games. Enough to win the competition’s Golden Boot.Embed from Getty Images
Liverpool awarded Brewster his first professional contract this past July. The five-year deal ensures Liverpool’s number 24 will stay with the club for the foreseeable future.
With more and more English youngsters these days, such as Jadon Sancho, looking abroad for more playing, it’s a welcome change.
Could Brewster Overtake Origi as Klopp’s Second Choice?
The English striker’s return to the team comes at a perfect time with Dominic Solanke now at Bournemouth and Daniel Sturridge’s contract set to expire at season end.
With many supporters calling for Klopp to sign a high-profile forward, Brewster could offer an exceptional striking addition to this summer’s transfer plans.
Divock Origi’s Champions League heroics earned him cult status among fans. But the truth is, he has not shown as much consistency over his Liverpool career.
Much like Callum Hudson-Odio and his experience at Chelsea this season, if Brewster is given a chance, he will shine.
Leading up to the second leg of the semi-final, Klopp was once again asked about the forward. Jürgen confirmed his plans for Brewster next season when he said, “Next season he will be playing 100% and he knows that. I have told him already.”
Many fans look at the first team and speculate where Brewster’s role will be.
Being that Rhian Brewster is a striker, he is most often viewed as a backup to Roberto Firmino.
However, the 19-year-old’s playing style is notably different from the Brazilian. Firmino plays as a false nine and controls games with his hold-up play and vision, while Brewster sees himself more like former Liverpool forward Luis Suárez.
Speaking about Suarez, Brewster said, “Suarez is amazing and I look up to him. His playing style is like mine. Quick feet and can score goals.”
If the youngster can come off the bench in the campaign to come, and produce performances the way Luis Suárez always could, Anfield will have one hell of a player.
As the 2018/2019 season ends, next year’s pre-season will be a great opportunity for Rhian Brewster to prove himself worthy of a role in Jürgen Klopp’s team for next season.