Liverpool wonderkid Rhian Brewster has been likened to club legends Ian Rush and Robbie Fowler by former Red Jason McAteer.
The 19-year-old has impressed during Liverpool’s pre-season preparations, netting three goals in two matches against Tranmere Rovers and Bradford City.
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- Earmarked as a future Liverpool star, Brewster is highly regarded on Merseyside.
- He famously caught attention after clinching the Golden Boot in England’s FIFA U-17 World Cup triumph in 2017.
- However, a long-term injury lay-off derailed his progress last season.
- The teenager went under the knife in order to repair ligament damage in his ankle.
- Brewster returned to training earlier this year and is now kicking up quite the goalscoring storm in pre-season.
Brewster’s rich potential appears to be blossoming this summer, which will come as welcome news to Kopites after the tyro endured a torrid 12 months on the sidelines.
Such has been his brilliant form since returning to action that McAteer believes he could now follow in the fabled footsteps of Liverpool’s greatest ever strikers.
McAteer told Sky Sports News: “His progression is coming along nicely, it’s a great learning curve for him. He’s had that injury but he now looks like he’s fully fit and come back from it.
“You can see bits of Rushy (Ian Rush) in him, the way he runs, the way he closes people down. Also, bits of Robbie Fowler in his finishing.
“If he turns out half as good as those two, I’m sure we’ve got a real player on our hands!”
Jurgen Klopp has already talked of an “important role” for Brewster this forthcoming season after starting him in both pre-season friendlies, as well as naming him on the bench for Liverpool’s Champions League final victory.
McAteer went on to add that this sort exposure to first-team surroundings will only help to accelerate Brewster’s growth and help him settle in.
He continued: “Mixing with the first-team lads will do him no harm and the experience he’ll gain from being here on tour will be great for him.
“You don’t quite know how they’re going to settle when they’re in and amongst that big crowd, but at the minute he looks the part.
“He’s moving in the right direction – he’s athletic, he’s quick, he likes to hang on the shoulder.”
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“He makes the ball stick”
Having shone in both pre-season matches, McAteer offered an insight into what the 19-year-old offers on the pitch, believing his ability is abundantly clear, but that he still has room for development.
“I watched him against Tranmere really closely, and when the ball comes into him he makes the ball stick; his decision-making his really, really good,” said McAteer.
“He’s not frightened to have a pop when it opens up for him.
“He looks very, very good, but he’s still got a long way to go.”