Rhian Brewster has revealed why Jürgen Klopp blocked a loan move away from Liverpool in the summer.
While a number of youngsters have been allowed to leave the club, the Liverpool manager told the highly-rated striker that he wanted him to remain at Anfield and patiently wait for his chance. That came during the 2-0 away win at Milton Keynes Dons last month when he was handed his senior debut, much to the delight of the Anfield faithful who are excited about his potential.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Brewster said: “You’ve just got to be patient and wait for your turn. Obviously the boss has a plan for me and he knows what he’s doing, clearly!
“Chatting to him, he is saying, ‘Just be patient, your time will come, it will happen.’ And I’m just waiting and being patient.
“He said ‘no’ [to going out on loan] straight away. Obviously that is evidence he has great faith in me and wants to push me towards the first team.
“It’s hard to get game time because the front three, they are all amazing players; it’s going to be difficult but you’ve just got to keep going and going.”
The 19-year-old claimed an assist and won a penalty as England U21s turned over Austria 5-1 on Tuesday night in a UEFA U21 EURO qualifier after coming on as a substitute just after the hour mark. Although he has represented England at various youth levels, he remains eligible to play for Turkey as his mother is Turkish Cypriot.
Under contract until 2023, Brewster was reportedly looking at leaving the club during the summer window in 2018. Borussia Monchengladbach were linked with a move at the time but he was assured that his chance would come at Liverpool providing he continued to work hard and progress.
Brewster has been with Liverpool since he was 14. He spent 6 years with Chelsea prior to then.