Liverpool’s 16-year-old academy midfielder Niall Brookwell was named the club’s brightest first-year scholar in the Guardian’s annual Next Generation rankings on Tuesday.
Brookwell started last season with the U-16s, yet was quickly called up to Steven Gerrard’s U-18 squad and earned the praise of the club legend, according to the Guardian.
“His game is about fighting, competing, closing people down, will to win, passion and desire,” Gerrard told the Guardian. “I trust him.”
These messages of support are high praise coming from the Liverpool legend, and the fact that Gerrard trusted a 16-year-old in his older team is a testament to Brookwell’s formidable talents. The central midfielder can operate as a true box-to-box player, and with the trust of his club’s former academy manager, the sky is the limit for the youngster.
A consistent role with the U-18’s beckons this campaign, and with more tremendous performances Brookwell could attract the eye of first team manager Jurgen Klopp, who has been known to include promising youngsters in training.
Involved with Liverpool since he was an U-9 player, Niall Brookwell appears primed to succeed on Merseyside and repay the faith of Steven Gerrard.