Young Rhian Brewster had himself quite a loan experience while at Swansea. The 20 year old striker joined the Welsh side in January for half a season, and managed to fire in 11 goals in 22 games. His scoring prowess helped to lift Swansea up the table into a spot in the playoffs.
Now back in training camp with Liverpool, Brewster took some time to talk about his experiences over the last year.
“It was a good experience – a great experience, I would say,” said Brewster. “Going there in January, having that first game against Cardiff and the last game against Brentford, I’ve had a lot of experiences, ups and downs in football.”
Brewster spent much of the year prior to his loan doing rehab after a knee injury. With Liverpool’s front three established as some of the worlds best players, there were no first team opportunities for the youngster to regain fitness and form. Brewster managed to do what so few Liverpool youngsters have managed to accomplish - have success while out on loan.
“It’s very good for your development at such a young age,” said the young striker. “Not a lot of 20-year-olds can say they’ve played in the play-offs. Obviously we didn’t quite make it to the final and get promoted, but to play in the semi-final, the cameras are on you and they are high-pressure games, as you will have seen on TV. So, it’s good to get them under your belt from an early age and who knows, hopefully I can play in a lot more high-pressure games to come.”
The Liverpool players and staff took plenty of notice of Brewster’s exploits, and apparently checked in regularly.
“I kept in touch with the lads, quite a few people messaged me – and the staff messaged me as well,” said Brewster. “It was great to know they were all watching and they were all behind me. Liverpool is like one big family, so it was good to know they were watching and keeping an eye on me, just as much as I was watching and learning from them.”
While Brewster wasn’t able to be a part of Liverpool’s title run, he still was able to enjoy the Reds being crowned champions from afar.
“I was in my apartment in Swansea, watching on TV. I think we had a game a couple of days later, so there wasn’t any partying, but I was happy for the boys and happy to then see them lift the trophy. Liverpool fans have been waiting 30 years for it and now has finally come true. Seeing how happy it made the boys and the fans was a great feeling. Obviously I know the boys, I know how they are, so watching them lift it was great. I was busy on my phone that night, I sent a message to everybody!”
While he wasn’t able to be a part of the celebrations, Brewster is excited to be back and have the opportunity to contribute.
“It feels good to maybe be a part of it next season. Being away and then coming back, it’s a bit different, but seeing everyone again, seeing them all smiling and coming back confident, it’s good to be back.”
As for this upcoming simple, the plan is simple according to Brewster.
“The plan for me is to work hard every day and see what happens from there.”
Whether he stays with Liverpool this season or goes back out on loan, this much seems certain - wherever Rhian Brewster is, he will score goals.