Rhian Brewster is remaining 100% professional despite a lack of minutes so far this season.
Daniel Sturridge departed in the summer, and despite calls by many fans for the club to sign a new striker, Jurgen Klopp decided not to enter the transfer market, so as to ease Brewster’s path to the first-team.
However, mid-October, he’s barely made a first-team bench and has only played in the EFL Cup.
Klopp though has promised the 19-year-old that his time will come – and the player himself isn’t feeling anxious.
“You’ve just got to be patient and wait for your turn,” Brewster told Sky Sports, cited by the official website.
“Obviously the boss has a plan for me and he knows what he’s doing, clearly! Chatting to him, he is saying, ‘Just be patient, your time will come, it will happen.’ And I’m just waiting and being patient.
“He said ‘no’ [to a loan move] straight away. Obviously that is evidence he has great faith in me and wants to push me towards the first team.
“It’s hard to get game time because the front three, they are all amazing players; it’s going to be difficult but you’ve just got to keep going and going.”
This is a superb attitude from the youngster, who must have seen Jadon Sancho’s development over the past few years and considered an exit from a big Premier League club for a real chance.
As Brewster says, Klopp isn’t going to drop one of the world’s best front-three simply to give a youngster game-time when we basically need to win every game – especially in the Premier League.
We hope Brewster starts against Arsenal at the end of this month in the EFL Cup tie, however.
Klopp will surely rest his big guns – who are unlikely to even make the bench – so Brewster will get minutes either from the outset or as a sub.
He wasn’t great v MK Dons last time out, so he’ll have to do a little better to convince Klopp to put him on the bench in the top flight.