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Lots of Liverpool fans have voiced their discontent at a lack of new signings this summer after becoming European champions at the end of last term.
Just one new face has been signed in the form of 17-year-old centre-back Sepp van den Berg, and most of the noise coming out of Anfield suggests that Jurgen Klopp is happy with his squad and will only enter the market if there is a situational change with his existing fringe players.
Significantly, it is also believed that the former Borussia Dortmund boss has decided not to pursue a new striker, and will instead place his faith in 19-year-old Rhian Brewster.
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For the manager of the European champions to invest such a huge amount of trust in a teenager speaks volumes, especially when his side’s title rivals have an embarrassment of riches in attack – however, Brewster made the perfect start to pre-season against Tranmere.
It may only be the first pre-season outing, but the academy graduate looked razor sharp in and around the box, and crucially, in front of goal as well.
He hit two goals and also grabbed an assist for Nathaniel Clyne’s wonder-strike in the first-half, before being subbed for others to get minutes under their belt.
?️ One assist
⚽ Two goals
⏰ 45 minutes
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 12, 2019
Brewster’s assist displayed a good amount of awareness and vision from the youngster, slotting the overlapping Clyne through on goal.
His goals, however, were even more impressive and were excellently taken.
If he carries on in this vein, Liverpool certainly won’t need to sign a striker for years to come with this precocious young talent playing with such swagger and confidence.
As aforesaid, lots of Liverpool fans are worried about a lack of signings coming in, but their fears should be eased somewhat by the youngster’s prolific 45-minute performance in which he displayed striking maturity beyond his years.
The 5 foot 11 forward reacted brilliantly to steer home a fizzed cross from Harry Wilson with his head, showing great movement to get away from his marker.
His second was just a display of sheer natural instinct in the box, latching onto a spilled shot to lash the ball home.
It may have only been 45 minutes against Tranmere, but it is very hard not to get excited about what Brewster can bring to the Liverpool first-team in 2019/20.