Rhian Brewster has been on fire this season and it didn’t come as a surprise when he ended the U17 World Cup as top scorer and led England to a victory. The Three Lions have been fantastic this summer as they even picked up the U20 World Cup and with Dominic Solanke, the star from that competition, getting playing time under Jurgen Klopp, there are many that believe Brewster is next in line.
Brewster scored 8 goals for the U17 side but our U19 manager, Steven Gerrard had a few words of advice for the English striker and told him to be patient, as Brewster seeks a role in the senior side.
Speaking to ESPN after the U19s won over Maribor in the UEFA Youth League, our former captain said:
“He’s got to be patient, but not just Rhian — everyone has.
“We’ve got wonderful footballers in the first team, especially in the attacking positions, so it’s not easy breaking through.
“The message for Rhian is: ‘Well done. You’ve been superb and deserve all the plaudits you get. How do you improve now? How do you push yourself and try to move people out of your way that are above you in the pecking order?’ That’s the challenge for him moving forward.”
The young striker was given some time off to enjoy the win and was not a part of the team that faced Maribor. Gerrard, however, claimed that he wants Brewster back in the team and that he couldn’t wait for the Englishman to return from his break.
Even though Brewster plays more for the U23 side, he has played under Gerrard for the U19s and the Englishman wants him to play more games for the U19s.
“Hopefully, fingers crossed, he’s available for the Youth Cup once that draw comes out. I’ll be asking Jurgen very kindly if I can use Ben [Woodburn] and Rhian. Obviously, them decisions will be made further down the line. I love being around Rhian.
“I think he’s a great kid and he’s got a great mentality to work hard and improve. That’s how you get success as a footballer.”
Gerrard did have some decent advice for Brewster as he told the youngster to keep scoring goals at all levels. If the Englishman continues doing that, he will get a chance to play some minutes under Klopp.
The German has given chances to a number of youngsters and this season it has been Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez who have been racking up the minutes.
Ben Woodburn is another player who is waiting on the wings to make a start for us this season and with Brewster also looking set for a place in our attacking setup, things do look bright for us in the upcoming years.