There is a clear line that leads to Anfield from Liverpool’s Academy. Young players like Ben Woodburn, Ovie Ejaria and others are a testament to this. Liverpool manager, Jürgen Klopp, is big on bringing players through the system and introducing them to the bright lights of Melwood when he believes they are ready. Now a new name is rising from those youthful ranks, a name that very well could have been included on the Tenerife boarding roster if not for an England call up. The name is Rhian Brewster.
Brewster is a sixteen-year-old forward who has been doing the business with England’s under-17 side since last year, starting for Liverpool’s under-18s since last fall and turning all the right heads for the club’s under-23 team since January when he scored on his debut in a 3-0 win over Ipswich Town.
Brewster just added two more goals to his England tally against the Czech Republic where England won the match 5-3. The Liverpool new boy was the first on the scoresheet for the night and followed that with another early in the second half.
No one is using the word prodigy but it’s a promising start for a young player with ambitions in the game. Only time will tell if he’s a player that Klopp can rely on in the first-team but all evidence suggests that the boy adapts quickly to new challenges and is actively preparing for the greater physicality of the game in the higher age groups.
He’s one for the future, but I expect we’ll see Brewster alongside his old Academy pals in the Melwood training pictures soon. Happy. Determined. Remember the name. The name is Rhian Brewster.