Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says highly-rated youngster Rhian Brewster will play an ‘important role’ for the club this season.
Brewster scored twice as Liverpool began their pre-season campaign with a 6-0 win at Tranmere, with Nathaniel Clyne, Curtis Jones, Divock Origi and Bobby Duncan also on target.
The 19-year-old shot to prominence by finishing as the tournament’s top scorer as England won the U-17 World Cup two years ago, before a series of injury problems stalled his progress, although he was on the bench for the Reds Champions League final triumph in Madrid last month.
Daniel Sturridge’s Anfield departure is likely to see the teenager handed his opportunity this season, with Klopp insisting Brewster will play an ‘important role’ ahead of the new season, although suggested he will have to play in a number of positions.
“I told him already, he has an important role this year – but how important? It depends on him and we will see,” Klopp said.
“He has to play different positions as well because the centre is OK, wing I think is possible, and then we will see how we can line up.
“There will be opportunities for him, I am really sure. Rhian Brewster is a top striker, he is a top talent and I have told him already that he has an important role this year but how important depends on him. We will see.
“He has to play different positions as well – the centre, wing is possible I think, we will see how we line up, but there will be opportunities for him. I am sure.”