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It’s Time to Get Irrationally Excited About Rhian Brewster

After nearly a year out due to injury, the youngster scored twice in his return

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Rhian Brewster has been more of a myth than a reality for the last year or so for Liverpool supporters, but it’s finally time for the myth to become a reality, or at least start to. The 18-year-old played all 45 minutes of the first half of the U23s friendly against Northwestern University, a college in Chicago, Illinois and managed to score twice.

Brewster’s first goal came inside the opening six minutes of the match. The young forward picks up the ball just outside the 18, beats his man, and curlers it past the keeper at the far post. Brewster’s second came from a rebounded shot that had deflected off the post.

Some will surely point at the level of opposition that he faced, but class is class, and that goal is definitely that. Some will say, “It’s just a U23s friendly, Mark.” And I will respond, “So what?!” So much about being a fan these days is about tempering our own expectations and excitements from the fear of what might be an inevitable let down. But, what is the point if we don’t have fun?

I say, let’s get irrationally excited and support this youngster’s comeback from a massive injury. We’ve all seen how much the Manager loves him, so let’s love him all the same. He might not be the “next Michael Owen” but who cares? We’re all along for the ride, so let’s make the ride fun.

And hey, if he’s good enough to excite AOC, he’s good enough for me.

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