Everyone right now is talking about Rhian Brewster. The 19-year-old has scored four goals this pre-season in just 120 minutes of football – which is a pretty emphatic strike-rate.
In the absence of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, he’s stole the show and is likely winning the race with Divock Origi for a place in the side on season opening day.
James Milner has explained that Brewster’s outgoing character and arrogance makes him different than he was at the same age – but said this is not a problem, providing he backs it up on the pitch – which so far he has.
“Rhian has probably is more outgoing and has got more confidence than I had,” Milner said, reported in the Echo.
“I think I had an inner belief and a quiet belief in myself whereas Rhian lets everyone know.
“That is fine as long as you are learning and you have that arrogance on the pitch, which he does, but then off the pitch he is the other side.
“To come in here and score goals in pre-season is great and it has given him a lift but now it is the start of it.
“He has got a great squad around him, he has learned off the manager and he needs to take everything in every day. Every day is an opportunity to prove himself and improve again.”
Brewster’s confidence is justified. He is rapid, deceptively strong and a superb finisher. He also can hold up the ball, create chances for others and isn’t afraid to get involved defensively, which Jurgen Klopp will obviously love.
We hope to see the prodigal forward get at least an hour this evening versus Sevilla – and reckon he can add to his pre-season goal tally at Fenway Park.
Perhaps we’re getting ahead of ourselves, but we predict Brewster will hit double figures in all competitions in 2019/20.