For some of Liverpool’s squad players, the first six weeks of the new season hasn’t been about playing. Instead it’s been about watching, waiting, and training; about waiting for a chance. Which according to Rihan Brewster is just fine—it’s what he expected.
“Klopp spoke to me and told me, ‘You’re going to get your chance this year,’ and I’m just waiting for that chance now so that I can prove him right,” Brewster told the Mirror this week as the young striker prepares for what is expected to be his first start tonight.
After impressing in pre-season, some fans had thought Brewster would see action early off the bench, but given his age and inexperience that was probably never likely. The chances, though, were always going to come—they just might take a little bit of time in coming.
Tonight, against MK Dons in the League Cup, he will be expected to start. So too will young goalkeeper Caoimhín Kelleher and right back Ki-Jana Hoever, while Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott could also be in line for a wholly changed starting eleven for the Reds.
“You look at every single signing and Klopp not signing another striker, it seems he has faith in me to do a job as well,” Brewster added, explaining why he’s content to wait for his chances to come this season in the full belief that, sooner or later, they will arrive.
“Of course you’re always disappointed not to get into the team but the manager has a plan for me [and] I can’t wait to be involved in it.”