Gini Wijnaldum has taken time to laud Rhian Brewster, the wonderkid who’s currently lighting up the Under-17 World Cup.
Our 17-year-old bagged consecutive hat-tricks in the quarters and semis and barring anything crazy in the final against Spain, will walk away with the competition’s Golden Boot.
As a result, he’s become the talk of the club right now, but is still yet to represent the first-team under Jurgen Klopp.
The boss has been letting him train with the first-team though and Wijnaldum’s been suitably impressed…
“When younger players come to the first team they don’t really show immediately why they are with the first team,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“When they are in the youth team they are free, but when they come to the first team they are a little bit shy so they don’t do everything that they do in the youth team.
“But with him I saw immediately that he was trying to take the ball, trying to dribble, trying to score goals and trying to do everything he does in the youth team. He was not shy, but in a good way and with respect.
“That’s what I liked already the first time and then in Australia (for the end of season friendly in Sydney) I got to know him even more because we visited the children’s hospital together.
“I like him a lot. He even made jokes with Steven Gerrard so with that I could already see a lot that he’s not shy to be himself around all the players.”
“I am really proud of him for doing big things in this stage of his career,” Wijnaldum added.
“I want to wish him good luck and I hope he’s going to score three again – minimum three and I hope more of course!”
Hopefully, Brewster can score and England can win at the weekend and he can return to Merseyside full of confidence.
Dominic Solanke was the best player for England Under-20s at the summer World Cup, meaning we currently have two of the most prodigious teenage strikers in world football on our books.
There doesn’t seem any immediate rush to use them, but we hope in time they can fulfil their potential at Anfield.
Solanke is strong, technical and a good finisher, while Brewster looks incredibly explosive and exciting when running with the ball.