Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that Rhian Brewster is in the Liverpool squad travelling to Barcelona for tomorrow night’s semi-final, the club’s official website reports.
Brewster has been out injured for more than a year but he recently returned to action for the U23 side.
Now, his progress has been acknowledged and rewarded by Klopp, who has included him in his squad to fly to Barcelona.
On the 19-year-old’s inclusion, Klopp told the club’s official website: “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 is unlikely to play but he remains highly-rated by club and country. The England youth international was part of the U17 World Cup winning squad in 2017.
During that tournament, Brewster scooped the golden boot and he is thought to be a top talent for the future. Here are some tweets from Liverpool fans discussing Brewster’s inclusion in the first-team squad.
Hope he comes on even if it’s for a cameo when we’re 3 or 4 up by halft time
— Luke Saile (@LukeSaile) April 30, 2019
Brewster for Sturridge in the squad idc. Sturridge is washed.
— Ahmed (@FtblAhmed) April 30, 2019
If he develops well he could be some player.
— Simon Dangerfield (@sidanger) April 30, 2019
— ChielliniLookOut (@chielinilookout) April 30, 2019
If he didn’t get injured he’d be at the level of Sancho & CHO now & be our Mbappe. Seriously can’t wait for pre season when Klopp unleashes this baller.
— ?? (@BallerShaqiri) April 30, 2019
Bring him on when we are 5-0 up in this game
— BAZINGA (@jaymar0987) April 30, 2019