Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is excited by the potential of striker Rhian Brewster.
The 19-year-old was included in the 23-man squad that flew out to Barcelona for the first leg of the Champions League semi-final.
Klopp explained the surprise selection by saying he is thinking about next season and wants to give Brewster a first taste of the top level of European football:
“He is the next really exciting prospect. If you see him training… next season will be his season, his first real season. He is now physically an adult, he grew a lot, he worked a lot and the training session today was, to be honest, pretty impressive.”
“He is with us, he is our player and we want to have him around. In this case, I thought, ‘Come on, it’s Barcelona, let’s give him a first sniff.’”
Brewster has had to endure a long spell out with injury. The teenager injured his ankle and knee in an Under 23 match against Manchester City in January 2018.
It has taken almost 18 months for the forward to return to full fitness but Klopp seems to be very confident that the player can make it at the highest level.
Brewster won the golden boot at the Under 17 World Cup, scoring eight goals as England lifted the trophy. He is yet to make his first-team debut for Liverpool but looks to be getting closer to making his first senior appearance for the club.