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Ex-Liverpool star compares Rhian Brewster to iconic striker duo

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Speaking to Sky Sports News, former Liverpool star Jason McAteer has drawn comparisons between teenage ace Rhian Brewster and Reds legends Ian Rush and Robbie Fowler.

What did he say?

After recovering from a lengthy lay-off from injury, Brewster has hit the ground running in pre-season and fired in three goals in Liverpool’s opening two games.

Having seen the 19-year-old’s displays, McAteer believes the upcoming campaign could be a real breakthrough season for the striker and admitted that his style of play is reminiscent of two former Anfield heroes.

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He said: “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!”

A huge benchmark

Talk about trying to cool expectations. McAteer’s glowing praise of Brewster is certainly indicative of the kind of high regard Liverpool hold the young forward in, and it is no surprise to see.

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Having won the Golden Boot at the FIFA U17 World Cup, Brewster was included in Liverpool’s Champions League final squad and it appears Klopp has big plans for the 19-year-old.

Speaking earlier this month, the German said: “Rhian is a really big talent. We’re really looking forward to seeing him in training. It will be an important role for us, we’ve planned an important role for him.”

Following Daniel Sturridge’s departure, there is certainly room for Brewster to potentially make his mark next season and he could well overtake Divock Origi in the pecking order if he continues to impress during pre-season. Whilst McAteer’s comparisons are certainly lofty, the hype surrounding the striker is very much real.

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