Entering last weekend’s ill-fated adventure against Crystal Palace, Liverpool fans knew options were limited because of the on-going (continual?) injury crisis. Even with this knowledge, many were surprised to see 17-year-old Rhian Brewster on the bench (a bench which averaged a mere 19 years of age).
In his pre-match press conference, Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp took the time to explain why Brewster got the call up.
“All is good but if all the other players are fit Rhian is not involved in the matchday squad,” Klopp said, stating the obvious. “But he was on the bench last week because we thought he deserved it and we could use him in the right moment. It was not (the right moment) for this but that does not mean it will not happen again in the future.”
Brewster was understandably thrilled about joining the big boys for a day, although he was lacking one important thing: a suit.
“He was excited about it, he was happy about it. He told me afterwards when I said to him he was in the squad and did he have all the things like a a washbag he said ‘yes but I don’t have a suit!’ No problem - I don’t like the suit too much so it’s not a problem.
"I would have preferred to wear the same thing he did,” the track suit aficionado added, once again stating the obvious.
With Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge back in training, hopefully this week’s rendition of Liverpool will not need to bring Brewster along for the ride. The lad could use another week or two to get a suit.
Back with the u-23s, Brewster provided two assists in the 3-2 victory over Manchester City on Monday night.