Rhian Brewster is off to a flying start in pre-season, three goals in two halves and the club’s best attacker. It’s early, and the competition hasn’t been the best, but Brewster has done all he could have to impress.
A first team role already seems certain, and with Divock Origi showing he can deliver from the wing, it could be Brewster as first option to Roberto Firmino. Jürgen Klopp, though, is wary of putting too much pressure on him.
“You know how it is in football,” Klopp noted during a break in training. “It’s pre-season, he’s still very young. He has expectations, I have expectations. He has expectations and that’s good, it’s absolutely good.
“The thing is, the Premier League is the Premier League and we need to make sure he is ready for that. We think he is ready, to be honest, but we have to see when and how often and stuff like this.”
He certainly looks ready. At least based on two halves of football against Tranmere and Bradford. Patience, though, is key—and not expecting him to make the same impact straight off against the likes of Manchester City.
But he does look ready at least to play a role, and with Liverpool competing for as many as seven trophies this season, there will be chances for him to impress once pre-season ends and the games start to matter.
“He was injured for a long time,” Klopp added. “He is a fantastic footballer, we fought really hard for getting him and then keeping him and all that stuff. Now he is here and I think he sees the chance.
“The chance is there and that’s very good. He is an exceptionally good boy and player and I am really excited about the future, but there is not pressure at all on him.”