Rhian Brewster’s career had yet to really get going before this weekend.
The 19-year-old had made just four professional appearances to date, all but one of them in the cup competitions for Liverpool, and had yet to hit the target. Despite Jurgen Klopp refusing to loan him out in the summer, the 52-year-old changed his mind and decided to send the England U21 international to Championship side, Swansea City until the end of the season.
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This weekend, on just his second appearance for the Welsh club, he scored his first goal in the senior game, netting the equaliser against Wigan Athletic at the Liberty Stadium. He was a big part of the action, managing five shots overall, whilst also having 39 touches, and winning five of his seven aerial battles.
All of that, though, is pretty much irrelevant this week – his first goal is all that matters. It is clear that he needs regular football – at his age, he should have far more senior experience than the three matches he has taken part in, even if those have come for the European champions.
This performance is fantastic news for Klopp in more ways than one. The goal, of course, is the headline, and the confidence it should now give the teenager is great news for the former Borussia Dortmund boss. But also, the other facets of his performance that were perhaps not up to the expected standard shows that he was right to send him to the second tier. Aston Villa had been interested, but a relegation battle in the Premier League would not have been the right environment. Instead, he can now develop in a friendlier atmosphere and get considerable playing time under his belt.
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His start at Swansea could not have gone better – once again, Klopp has got a big decision bang on the money.