He only just turned 17, but in Rhian Brewster, Liverpool have a precocious talent on our hands.
The forward began the campaign with the Under-18s, but has sufficiently impressed and is now a regular with the Under-23s.
Last night against Leicester’s youngsters, Brewster provided two assists and scored himself to boot, although he’s admitted his goal was a bit selfish!
Liverpool won 3-1, meaning we’re third in Premier League 2, as are the first-team in the real thing, of course.
“It was a great piece of play by Ben,” Brewster told Liverpoolfc.com.
“I haven’t scored in the league for a few games, so I thought I was due a goal. When it came to me, I thought ‘Let me have a go’. I was going to play in Trent [Alexander-Arnold], and when I scored he didn’t say anything – but I know I’m going to get a bit of stick in the changing room!
“It’s good to get goals, and also assists, it shows that I can do both.
“In the first half we couldn’t really get into the game. But the second half was much better, as it showed with three goals.
“When we scored the first, we had the momentum with us, and when we scored the second even more. We played really well and the third goal just summed up the performance in the second half.”
“I just needed to work hard and work my way into the U18s team.
“I did that, carried on playing well and played for the U18s regularly. I got the opportunity to play with the U23s. It looks like I’ve taken it and become a regular.
“I need to carry that on for the rest of the season and also next season as well, so I can start the season with the U23s and hopefully play another full season with them.”
Like with Ben Woodburn, Ovie Ejaria and Trent Alexander-Arnold last summer, we think Brewster will be given opportunities with Jurgen Klopp’s squad during pre-season.
He’s physically exceptional; combining pace with power and terrific feet – great attributes for a striker.
Hopefully he gets some minutes in the friendlies, which will give him confidence for a prolific season with the Under-23s.
If he can develop in the manner in which Woodburn and Alexander-Arnold have, we’ll be delighted.