Rhian Brewster became a World Cup winner whilst also winning the Golden Boot as his eighth goal of the U17 World Cup helped England to a 5-2 comeback victory over Spain in a thrilling final.
After going two goals down, Brewster halved the deficit to swing the momentum back in favour of the Young Lions, with the Liverpool striker scoring seven goals in three knockout games.
His performances have led to compliments from both Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool team-mates, with Gini Wijnaldum expressing his pride in Brewster, who labelled the forward as confident.
He told liverpoolfc.com: “I like him a lot – I could already see that he’s not shy to be himself around the players. When younger players come to the first-team they don’t show why there are they, but with him he’s trying to do everything he does in the youth team.”
Klopp also admired Brewster’s attitude, but doesn’t think a first-team debut is imminent and added: “He never thinks about which team he is playing for, he’s on a fantastic way and we are all looking forward to be part of his future. It’s not the moment to talk about a debut, he doesn’t expect this.”
Brewster was absent for the U19s, but they remained top of Group E in the UEFA Youth League with a 3-0 victory at home to Maribor on Wednesday afternoon.Ben Woodburn, Curtis Jones and Glen McAuley all registered their names on the scoresheet, as Steven Gerrard’s side took another step close to securing qualification for the knockout stages.
Liverpool XI: Grabara; Camacho, Masterson, Williams, Johnston, Tagseth; Kane, Jones (Dixon-Bonner 87’); Adekanye (Longstaff 79’), Woodburn, Millar (McAuley 74’).
Gerrard heaped praise on stand-in wing-back Edvard Tagseth, who deputised in place of the injured Adam Lewis, with the Reds boss comparing the Norwegian to first-team midfielder James Milner.
He told liverpoolfc.com: “He’s right out of the James Milner mould where you can play him anywhere out on the pitch and you know exactly what you will get – a fantastic player and a fantastic professional. He played out of position and he ticked the box that needs ticking.”
Jones was then rewarded with a call-up to the England U17s squad as the World Champions begin the European Championship preparation with an International Tournament later this month.
They begin with a clash against Portugal at Chesterfield on 8 November whilst they take on Russia at Burton Albion three days later.
Steve Coopers’s side then finish their tournament against Germany in Rotherham with Liverpool U19s duo Elijah Dixon-Bonner and Luis Longstaff have also been named in the 21-man squad.
Wilson's goal yesterday. Lovely finish. A typical Harry Wilson goal. 👍 pic.twitter.com/NP7AMf72CO
— Jack Sear (@JackSear) October 30, 2017
Elsewhere, Harry Wilson also continued his fine form, notching his eighth goal of the season, but Liverpool U23s suffered an agonising 2-1 injury-time defeat at home to Leicester on Sunday.
Wilson put Neil Critchley’s side ahead before Admiral Muskwe levelled proceedings shortly before the interval at Prenton Park.
Danny Ings twice went close before Lloyd Jones hitting the bar, but Sam Hughes won it in the 93rd, but Liverpool remain top of the Premier League, two points clear of Everton.
Liverpool XI: Grabara; Whelan, Jones, Masterson, Juanma; Virtue, Ejaria (Dhanda), Brannagan; Wilson, Ings, Solanke (Kane).
There have also been two further changes to the U23s fixtures for November, with their clashes against Newcastle United and Everton being moved to play at Prenton Park.
The young Reds will host Newcastle in the Premier League International Cup on 10 November, whilst their top-of-the-table Premier League 2 clash with Everton has been brought forward 24 hours to 18 November.
A cool finish on the bounce 👌
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 30, 2017
In other news, Liverpool U18s continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 4-1 victory over Rangers in a friendly at Ibrox on Friday after a two-week break from league action.
Adam Lewis, Bobby Adekanye, Liam Millar and Rafa Camacho were all on target, with Matty Shiels scoring the only goal for the SPL side as Steven Gerrard’s side recorded another win.
Liverpool XI: Kelleher; Clayton, Parker, Johnston, Lewis (Glennon 80’); Dixon-Bonner, Tagseth (Longstaff 56’); Camacho (Williams 64’), Jones, Adekanye (Sharif 68’); Millar (McAuley 68’).
Finally, away from the Kirkby Academy, Pedro Chirivella helped his Willem II side qualify for the last 16 of the KNVB Cup with a 2-1 win over Heerenveen whilst Sheyi Ojo returned to light training with Fulham after a long-term shoulder injury.