Yesterday, the England under 17’s squad made a name for themselves as they went on to beat Spain in the U17’s world cup final in a thrilling 5-2 comeback which saw young Reds striker Rhian Brewster net his eighth goal of the tournament to secure the golden boot. Rhian showed signs of immense confidence throughout the tournament by scoring a well worked hat trick in the semi’s and coolly slotting home a header in the final. The young man made a huge impression on a global stage with the tournament being played in India as he showed off his footballing talents to the rest of the world. 7 of Rhian’s 8 tournament goals came in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final showing that this young man loves a big game. So what next for Brewster?
With German manager Jürgen Klopp already showing great confidence in the younger players at Liverpool such as: Ben Woodburn, Dominic Solanke and Trent Alexander-Arnold, could Brewster be the reds next talisman? Following the likes of greats such as Ian Rush and Robbie Fowler. Well Brewster is clearly loved by his manager as Jürgen Klopp praised the youngster over his recent world cup success “He’s on a fantastic way and we are all looking forward to be part of his future.” Showing clear signs of intent of making Brewster a part of his plans. Klopp also praised Rhian’s work ethic and motives: “He plays U19 Champions League and doesn’t think for a second ‘why am I not involved in the other (senior) squad’? He plays with the U23s and doesn’t think a second about it. That’s his best skill apart from all the football skills but that’s not the only good news we have this week because Rhian Brewster, the next one, it was nice to be part of these two things. All good.” This mature attitude can only benefit a player on the fringe of a premier league club.
Rhian Brewster’s recent world cup performances has also caught the eye of current Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson: “On a similar theme it’s been fantastic to see Rhian Brewster perform so well for the England U17s at the World Cup in India. We’ve been following it back here in Liverpool and everyone in the first team was chuffed to bits to see the hat-tricks he scored against the USA and Brazil. Rhian spends most of his time at the Academy in Kirkby still, but occasionally he comes to Melwood to train with us. When he does, his potential is frightening. He’s another one whose attitude is as close to perfect as you could wish for: eager to learn and listen, but still with enough swagger and confidence to make you realise he has the belief and temperament to make a real impact in the game.” This recognition will only boost Brewster’s confidence going back to playing regular football for the under 23’s and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him in the first team in the near future.