RHIAN BREWSTER made an enormous impression on Jurgen Klopp the primary time he met his boss.
And the hero of England’s Below-17 World Cup marketing campaign hasn’t stopped doing so since…
Klopp, simply two days after changing Brendan Rodgers, had determined to look at the Reds’ Below-16s in opposition to Stoke Metropolis.
Brewster, then 15, was withdrawn after 50 minutes to affix an older age group.
With no time to lose, he hot-footed it across the pitch and straight previous Klopp.
Realising what he’d achieved, Brewster about turned, introducing himself and shaking arms with the brand new boss earlier than occurring to make his Below-18s debut.
Now 17-years-old, Brewster has proven related sharpness and consciousness on the sector.
He is bagged back-to-back hat-tricks for England’s Below-17s in opposition to the USA and Brazil to arrange a World Cup ultimate in opposition to Spain on Saturday.
Our mates at Soccer Whispers profile the person who has fired the Younger Lions to inside 90 minutes of glory in India.
Who’s Rhian Brewster and the place does he come from?
He’s but to even kick a ball at senior stage however in a single day, virtually everybody is aware of the Liverpool’s prodigy’s title.
After scoring a hat-trick to fireplace Steve Cooper’s aspect previous the USA within the quarter-finals, Brewster repeated the trick on Wednesday in opposition to Brazil.
With seven objectives to his title, the Chadwell Heath-born ahead is now inside touching distance of the Golden Boot.
On high of that, he may doubtlessly change into the second-most well-known England hat-trick hero since Sir Geoff Hurst.
Brewster performed his early soccer on the Chadwell Heath Academy and the Protect soccer academy earlier than being snapped up by Chelsea on the age of seven.
After eight years with the west London membership, Brewster needed to make a tricky resolution.
He was sensible sufficient to understand his probabilities of making it at Stamford Bridge have been slim with the Blues in a position to spend tens of millions on new strikers every summer season.
Even then, Dominic Solanke and Tammy Abraham would have been forward of him.
His father, Ian, recollects his son’s resolution to depart London and head to the North West.
“I requested Rhian: ‘In case you bought £10,000 at Chelsea or £5,000 at, for example, Watford however performed in entrance of huge crowds, which might you select?’
“He stated ‘Watford’ right away. That instructed me that he needed to play soccer on the highest stage, regardless of the place.”
His resolution was vindicated virtually instantly. After becoming a member of the Reds at 15, Brewster shortly set tongues wagging on the membership’s Kirby Academy coaching HQ.
He scored on his Below-23s debut in opposition to Ipswich final season and was included in Klopp’s squad for Liverpool’s Premier League fixture at residence to Crystal Palace in April.
The decision-up caught Brewster without warning, with Klopp saying: “He was enthusiastic about it, he was completely happy about it.
“He instructed me after I stated to him that he was within the squad: ‘I’ve a wash bag however I haven’t got a go well with’.
“No drawback – I do not just like the go well with an excessive amount of so it isn’t an issue.”
Though he didn’t make an look, Brewster was promoted to the Below-23s this season and scored a hat-trick in a behind-closed-doors pleasant in opposition to Accrington Stanley.
Regardless of taking part in Down Below for Liverpool in opposition to Sydney FC on the finish of final season, Brewster missed pre-season on account of a damaged bone in his foot.
However he has greater than made up for misplaced time in the previous few weeks.
How a lot would he value?
It’s honest to say that Brewster’s exploits on the Below-17 World Cup can have put a number of million on any asking value Liverpool might need had in thoughts beforehand.
Not that the Reds are prone to have any curiosity in parting with the precocious teenager.
Liverpool have a proud report of manufacturing strikers from their academy – suppose Robbie Fowler or Michael Owen – and Brewster may very well be the most recent.
What is going to his almost certainly vacation spot be in January or subsequent summer season?
A everlasting transfer is unquestionably out of the query.
At simply 17-years-old, Liverpool have a participant of monumental expertise however one which, equally, could be very uncooked.
The most effective transfer for Brewster can be to exit on mortgage an expertise league soccer.
However Klopp has proven by protecting Ben Woodburn at Anfield regardless of mortgage curiosity that he’s eager to maintain the membership’s greatest younger expertise across the first workforce.