Jurgen Klopp has praised the maturity of Rhian Brewster as the England youth international continues his rehabilitation from a long-term injury – saying he is a different person from when he first started his recovery.
Over the last few months, Brewster has struck up a friendship with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, another who has been through a long period of recuperation but is on his way back to action, with both potentially able to get some minutes on the pitch before the end of this season.
Next season is likely to be when the Reds see the best of the pair, with the summer and pre-season set to be a big period for them.
Klopp, though, has been keen to keep talking about Brewster, in particular, making it known he remains a big part of his plans for the coming seasons.
Klopp told LiverpoolFC.com: “With a little bit of luck – which you always need – we will have a lot of fun with him. There is light at the end of the tunnel for him and all will be good.”
Brewster is still just 18 and is yet to make a senior Reds appearance, but it doesn’t sound like it will be long before that changes.
Klopp added: “From the first day he was pretty much like that, he is a naturally confident boy. He was 17 when he joined us and he spoke then like he was 20. That’s his character.
“When he got injured, he was a boy. Now he is a proper man.”
With Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge likely to be moving on in the summer, a chance for Brewster to enter the first-team set-up and make an impact will arise. It seems Klopp is willing to let him take it.