England senior man delivers positive verdict on exciting 17-year-old star

By Danny Wright

England Under-19 boss Keith Downing has delivered a glowing endorsement of reported Liverpool target Ben Brereton.

Jurgen Klopp was reported by the Nottingham Post to be plotting a summer bid for the Nottingham Forest emerging talent.

Downing was taking charge of the Young Lions as they registered a 3-0 win over Norway on Wednesday at St. Georges Park.

Brereton was an unused sub by the former West Bromwich Albion assistant manager but he remains in contention to make his first appearance in an England shirt at any level against Spain and Belarus in the next few days.

“I like Ben’s physicality, I like how his attitude is always to get in behind the back-four. His link-up play is nice and tidy. For somebody of 17 years of age, he’s mature beyond his years,” said Downing to the Nottingham Post.

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“I’ve watched him play, and it’s a massive ask for Nottingham Forest to get him to play in the first team with the responsibilities of being a striker, or a wide right player. He’s really accomplished that in a short space of time.”

Brereton has excited the Forest supporters this season after he made his first-team debut as recently as January.

In his 10 appearances since, the 17-year-old has scored three goals and bagged two assists.

The wonderkid’s first goal for the club, which was also his first in senior football, came when he found the back of the net with a stoppage time winner against Aston Villa in early February.

He’s also found the back of the net in matches against Fulham and Brentford, however in both of those games Brereton was on the losing side.

The Forest star was in a squad that included Liverpool’s highly-rated Trent Alexander-Arnold and other exciting prospects including West Brom’s Sam Field, Tottenham’s Marcus Edwards and Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon.

In other Liverpool news, supporters are unsure about signing this player after a poor display in Germany’s win against England.

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