Liverpool U23s striker Rhian Brewster continues to impress at the age of just 17 and, in an interview with LFCTV, he revealed how he aims to break into the first team set-up on a regular basis.
Brewster’s latest goal came in the U23s 2-1 win over Arsenal last week. Many thought he would be involved with the first team over pre-season but an injury sustained over the summer period ended his chances of doing so.
The ex-Chelsea man revealed the story behind his switch to Liverpool at the age of just 14:
“I was at Chelsea from the age of 7 and I got to the age of 14 and I wanted a bit of a change.
“Liverpool looked like the best opportunity for me to become a professional footballer so I decided I wanted to change and come to Liverpool.
“It’s the best decision I’ve made.”
Brewster became a regular attendant in first team training at Melwood towards the end of last season and impressed Jürgen Klopp so much that he was on the bench in the Reds’ Premier League encounter with Crystal Palace at Anfield.
The youngster says he was able to quickly settle into life at Melwood because of how welcoming the first-team players were.
“I was confident because the first team welcome me and chat to me as if they’ve known me forever.
“I was very nervous because I wanted to make an impression and try and make sure I could be there most of the time.
“There’s no mistakes at all. Your touch has to be on point every day, your passing, your shooting. They don’t care that you’re young, they’ll still press you.”
Brewster went on to describe his emotions on the day he was on the bench for the first team in such a crucial match.
“I was over the moon, I didn’t know what to say. I was just surprised really. When I got to the hotel it was an amazing feeling. The next day, walking in front of Anfield and warming up, it was a joke!
“I was on the bench and I just looked around and saw all the fans singing You’ll Never Walk Alone. It was an amazing feeling and one I’ve never felt before to be honest.”
Intriguingly, Brewster singled out one first team player that was particularly welcoming with him when he first started training at Melwood.
“When I was there I was mainly with Ben (Woodburn) and Trent (Alexander-Arnold) initially as I know them.
“But the one player that stood out was Wijnaldum. He was chatting to me and asking me how it was coming from London. He took a real interest in me.”
The U23s star has also revealed that people are starting to stop him in the street as they recognise him from his time at Liverpool.
“I’ve been stopped a few times when I go into town and stuff. The first ever time I was stopped I was surprised and shocked, thinking ‘how do you know me?!’”
Klopp has been very impressed by Brewster and regularly mentions him among the best players coming through Liverpool’s Academy.
Asked if the Liverpool boss had given him any advice on how to improve, Brewster said:
“He’s always said to me, ‘just make sure you enjoy yourself, thats the main thing’. Being young, if you enjoy yourself then you play better because you’re happy and confident.
“He’s always just said enjoy yourself, be yourself and work hard. That’s what I’m trying to do every day now.”