If there’s one young player that all Liverpool fans are collectively pulling for, it has to be Rhian Brewster. The brave, talented teenager seemed on the verge of making his entrance into Jürgen Klopp’s first team before a major injury sidelined him for well over a year.
But now he’s recovered enough to travel to Marbella with the first team for some warm weather training, and the manager talked about how his rehab is coming along, and how the last year has changed Brewster.
“If you see him running, it’s good. Everything looks like it looked before,” the manager told the official site.
“When long-injured players start training, very often you see little changes in their movements. At the beginning that was the case with him as well. But now it’s good and now the steps will be much quicker, the longest part of the rehab is now over and that changed everything.
“The boy can go out on the pitch not only to smell it. Being around the boys and doing similar things – or even the same things – changed everything, especially for a young boy like Rhian.”
And it’s not just his performances that have changed either. Klopp believes that Brewster has grown into himself in other ways.
“He grew as a person in that time and physically as well; he is a different stature when you look at him. Now he is a proper man. When he got injured, he was a boy. All will be good. With a little bit of luck – which you always need – we will have a lot of fun with him.”
Brewster is said to be good friends with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain now — the two of them having bonded over their parallel convalescence over the past year. Oxlade-Chamberlain will have a clear pathway back to the first team once he recovers, but we are all hoping to see Brewster join him at some point next season.