Rhian Brewster is already becoming a household name with Liverpool fans, and his performances in pre-season have left a lot of fans drooling, pondering whether he can become the next breakout star from Melwood alongside the likes of Steven Gerrard and Robbie Fowler.
The former Chelsea youth star left the London-based outfit back in 2014 and decided to pursue his dream of becoming a professional footballer up in Merseyside, and Jürgen Klopp has bolstered his ambitions after describing the Liverpool youth player as “exceptionally good” after their 6-0 win over Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park in July. So what can Brewster offer for this Liverpool side? What can his skill set bring to a team that is already firing on all cylinders?
His goals during the U17 World Cup proved crucial as the young Lions went on to win the youth international trophy back in 2017, and has the potential to carry his hard-hitting form into Liverpool’s first team. Of course, Brewster carries the daunting task of stepping into the shoes of some of the Reds’ current great forwards in the likes of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. But despite being an out-and-out centre forward, it will be the No.9 role that the 19-year-old will be aiming for.
Brewster has been receiving a lot of criticism across all aspects of the media after filming a video of himself getting a haircut with his Champions League winner’s medal hanging around his neck, displaying a somewhat arrogant and cocky attitude in the process. Some say that he has every right to after his stunning form in the past few seasons in Premier League 2, with Transfer Markt recording five goals and seven assists in 11 appearances for the reserves during the 17/18 season.
Many have criticised him as he didn’t feature in a single game during the Reds’ European winning campaign, but after getting a taste of success at the highest level during a tender stage of his life, the experience can only galvanise Brewster to experience more, and potentially, achieve more.
First in line?
The 19-year-old isn’t the only player on the fringes of the first team with a possible taste of Anfield folklore on the horizon. Harry Wilson, who has been in and around the side for a number of years, could be on his way out as reports suggest he is becoming frustrated with his lack of first-team football at Liverpool. This creates an opportunity for Rhian Brewster to jump to the front of the queue, and to prove to Jürgen Klopp why he believes his futures lies within his team.
It appears that he is indeed going to get the opportunity to dazzle under the lights of Anfield, although it may seem like a surprise that the youngster hasn’t been loaned out to another football club to gain essential minutes and playing time. However, he sustained a severe ankle injury that saw him miss over a year’s worth of football, 440 days to be exact, and perhaps a major part of his player development.
After his setback, it may appear that he has some catching up to do in order to throw his hat in the starting XI ring once more. However, his sharpness, movement, turn of pace, vision and his close control, all would contradict that theory with gargantuan proportions.
With some work required in the gym evidently to improve his strength and his holding up, will come with maturity, discipline and experienced players around him with the shining examples that are James Milner and Jordan Henderson to guide him in the right direction.
The London-born attacker looks more than ready to touch the famous ‘This is Anfield’ sign and head onto the field in front of a 54,000 strong crowd and set the world alight. So to answer the initial question, yes, he is ready, but rushing him in straight away is not the way to do it. Patience is key, especially after recently recovering from a long-term injury. Could we have the next England great on our hands? Time will tell.