Rhian Brewster is still yet to make a competitive first-team appearance for the Reds despite Jurgen Klopp feeling that he could be a star for the club in the next few seasons, but last night, he came off the bench for England’s U21s, making his debut at that level.
The striker’s chances with the Reds have been limited this season so far and he has been playing for the U23s, including scoring from the penalty spot for them at Anfield against Manchester City last weekend.
Given the lack of football Brewster has had at senior level this season, the fact that he was handed a debut for his country regardless shows just how highly rated he is.
Gareth Southgate has previously said (via The Guardian) that only players who are playing regularly in the Premier League or another top-flight league abroad can expect to play for England, and the same applies at U21 level.
Alongside Phil Foden, who has barely featured for Manchester City, it seems an exception has been made for Brewster, who is a prodigious talent.
He could well be handed a starting chance against MK Dons later this month in the Carabao Cup – if so, he’ll need to take that opportunity with both hands.