Rhian Brewster started this summer’s pre-season in exceptional form and was arguably our most impressive performer in the opening games against Tranmere, Bradford and Borussia Dortmund.
But the teenager didn’t start against Sevilla, Sporting or Napoli – much to the surprise of the fanbase who were eager to see more of our potentially brilliant forward.
Jurgen Klopp though has explained how the physically intensive nature of Liverpool’s pre-season has worn Brewster out – but promised that he’ll come back soon.
“He’s close but for him this was his first first-team pre-season. After a long injury, long, intense,” he told the Echo.
“It started really well then pre-season knocked him down, you really feel your legs, but we are super positive about him. No pressure.
“With the talent and attitude he has, it will be fine, but when I don’t know. In a lot of pre-season moments he looked really good. The future is bright.”
Klopp’s faith in Brewster is obvious, as he hasn’t entered the transfer market for another versatile attacker this summer – much to the surprise of supporters.
We’d like to see the 19-year-old tomorrow against Lyon, our final friendly before Sunday’s clash with Manchester City in the Community Shield.
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But we imagine the starting XI will feature Divock Origi, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gini Wijnaldum in the front-three, allowing Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino to come off the bench for the final half an hour.