For a time, it looked like 18-year-old Liverpool academy starlet Rhian Brewster would be leaving for greener, Bundesliga-ier pastures. Instead, boss Jürgen Klopp convinced the youngster to stick around and continue his development at Liverpool. Now, Brewster is being rewarded with his first professional contract.
The news is hot off the heels of similar re-upping of deals from other starlets Harry Wilson and Taiwo Awoniyi.
“It feels great,” Brewster said to the club’s official website, “I’ve wanted to do this for a very long time now and I think it’s the right moment for me and my family. I’m looking forward to getting back fit and making some appearances.
“Since I got here the club has been amazing to me and treated me like family. It seems like I’ve been here my whole life, to be honest. It’s coming up to my fifth season now. I [still] remember my first training session. It’s amazing and I can’t wait to get started.”
Although Brewster’s promise has thus far only been realized at the youth levels (particularly in a standout showing with the England yutes, en route to lifting the U17 World Cup), club-connected journalists believe he is part of Klopp’s first-team plans for the upcoming year.
If so, Brewster will have to show the ability to come back from multiple injuries that hampered his development last year, as well as make the significant jump from Premier League 2 to, you know, the actual Premier League.
Regardless, the ability to retain promising young talent can only be a good thing. Let’s hope Brewster can prove Klopp correct and kick on in the upcoming season.