Steven Gerrard praised Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster but warned that it would be tough to make it to the top of the game.
In an interview with the Liverpool Echo, the Reds legend was impressed as Brewster scored an impressive volley for Liverpool’s U-19s team in their 4-0 victory over Sevilla in the UEFA Youth League, but had advice to share.
“You have to enjoy the plaudits but not get too high and not start believing in all the hype,” stated Gerrard before revealing what Brewster’s focus should be: “For me, the key for Rhian Brewster today was his work rate.”
Gerrard continued reinforcing that it was important the 17-year-old kept his workrate up if he wanted to “go far and stay at the top” of football.
“If Rhian wants to go far and stay at the top, if he can put in that work rate and relentless running, that’s how he’s going to get the better of most defenders,” Gerrard said.
“His body is built for running and that’s one of his strengths. He can’t forget that.”
The 17-year-old has risen through the ranks of the Reds’ youth system since joining from Chelsea Youth in 2015, with the striker also now featuring for the U-23s.
However as of yet, Brewster has not made the breakthrough into Liverpool’s first team, who have no problem scoring goals.
The striker, who won the U-17 World Cup with England earlier this year, would have to compete with the likes of Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
Steven Gerrard actually acknowledged Brewster’s chances of competing with Liverpool’s impressive options in an interview last month.
The message delivered by the Liverpool legend on that occasion was less than encouraging with him stating you have to be “world class” to get in the team.
In other Liverpool news, fans took to social media to slam Jordan Henderson’s against Sevilla.