This article is part of Football FanCast’s Pundit View series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent quotes from journalists, pundits, players and managers…
In quotes relaid by The Telegraph, Jadon Sancho has tipped Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster for a big season, heaping praise on the starlet.
However, Brewster, who is the same age as Sancho, also seems to be rising through the ranks well and after being included in the squad for the Champions League final, it’s clear Jurgen Klopp rates him.
The pair have both featured for England’s youth sides together, even winning the U17 World Cup whilst playing alongside each other.
Yet, after a strong start to pre-season, the Dortmund man has now tipped the Liverpool youngster to go onto bigger and better things. He told The Telegraph:
“I feel like he can do it. I have played with him. I know how good he is. He causes defenders nightmares.”
“He is a great player. I feel like he is at the right club, he is developing and he is still so young. He is developing and that is the main thing. Just give him the time and patience and you will see.”
There is no doubting the talent the 19-year-old has, especially after winning the U17 World Cup Golden Boot.
The teenager endured a tough previous campaign and has only just bounced back from an injury that pushed back his development.
But Brewster has got off to a flyer in pre-season, scoring a penalty against Sancho’s Dortmund last Friday which signalled his fourth goal in three matches.
Despite that, it could still be an uphill battle for the Reds academy product.
Check out James Milner’s, Olivier Grioud’s and Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s hilarious attempts at the bottle cap challenge in the video below…
The fact of the matter is that it feels incredibly unlikely that he’ll be able to break up the scintillating attacking triumvirate of Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane.
After all, this will be a Liverpool side unlikely to take any prisoners in 2019/20 following missing out on the title by the slimmest of margins last term.
Brewster has shown in pre-season that he’s ready for more first-team football but in terms of making an effective breakthrough at Liverpool next season, it may be too soon.
In that case, Sancho is right to urge for patience with him.