By Matt Bullin
Jurgen Klopp has revealed he has been blown away by Liverpool sensation Rhian Brewster.
The striker, 17, was set to become the first player born in the year 2000 to feature in the Premier League after he was named on the substitutes bench v Crystal Palace.
However the young striker did not feature as his side slipped to a disappointing 2-1 defeat at Anfield.
Despite only being 17, Brewster was promoted to the Liverpool’s Under-23s in January and has featured for them in the Premier League 2 on eight occasions this term, scoring three goals.
Speaking on ITV.com, Klopp heaped praise on the youngster, he said: “Rhian made outstanding steps in the last few months. He is a real striker, a good finisher.
“He’s 17 years old now and already plays under-23s, that’s a wonderful step for him, the next step in his development.
“He was on the bench last week because we thought he deserved it and we could use him in the right moment. The game was not for this but it doesn’t mean that it will not happen in the future.”
Brewster has also impressed on the international stage and has nine goals in 10 appearances for England Under-17s.
Last Friday he was named in the England squad for the European Under-17 Championships in Croatia.
England’s first match scheduled for next Thursday, May 4, and their last group game due to be played on May 10, meaning it is unlikely Brewster will feature for the Reds senior side again this season.
Brewster has been with Liverpool for the past two years after signing from Chelsea as a 15-year-old.
In an interview with liverpoolfc.com Brewster revealed that he player he looks up to most in Liverpool’s current squad is Roberto Firmino, for his work rate and his goal scoring.
In other Liverpool news, here is Klopp’s expected 4-3-3 line-up for the clash at Watford on Monday.