Jurgen Klopp has identified young striker Rhian Brewster as a player to watch as we approach the upcoming season.
The Golden boot winner in the U/17 World Cup spent much of the 2018/9 season recovering from a serious knee and ankle injury, but he made the bench for the Champions League semi final second leg clash against Barcelona as well as the final against Tottenham.
Speaking on the first day of pre-season training, the manager said that the talented 19 year-old will get his fair share of opportunities in the first team this season, especially with a number of departures from the striking ranks in the last 12 months. Brewster is in line to fill the void left by Daniel Sturridge.
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While a new signing remains a possibility, at this stage it's looking as though Klopp plans on handing Brewster an important role this year. The Liverpool Echo reported Klopp as saying:
“Rhian is a really big talent.
"We’re really looking forward to seeing him in training and all that stuff. It will be an important role for us, we planned an important role for him. So, new player.
Klopp also mentioned a couple of other players who are in a similar boat.
"If Ox can stay fit – new player for us.
"Like Joe Gomez is pretty much a new player. Adam Lallana, new player.
"After a lot of problems last year, if these boys can really stay fit then that’s completely different to last year for the team because there is real quality. That’s cool.”
Klopp also spoke about his first summer signing Dutch defender Sepp van den Berg.
The Official site reported the German as saying:
"He is a big talent but a young boy and we already have a good team.
“He took the challenge, he really wanted to be part of this and I’m really happy for him.
"We make signings for immediately or for the future and it’s always about the boys, what they make of it.
"The first impression here was really good and I’m happy to have him around."
The feeling is mutual for the young Dutchman who has enjoyed taking in his new surroundings.
"Everybody has been really nice to me, they all said ‘hi’ and helped me if I had any questions, so it feels a really nice place.
"Jürgen came to me when I walked in, too, so I’m really excited.
" I already feel really at home here and that’s a big thing for me.
"I am just looking forward; I am going to train hard and hopefully I will play some minutes here."