Jurgen Klopp intends to give teenager Rhian Brewster more first-team chances after Daniel Sturridge’s summer departure from Liverpool. The Times claim Klopp is excited by the talented Brewster’s potential to challenge his established front three for playing time next term.
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Sturridge joined Liverpool from Chelsea in 2013 but his contract is set to expire this summer after over six years at Anfield. The ex-England forward’s career with the Reds appeared to be over when he was allowed to join West Bromwich Albion on loan last season, but he fought his way back into Klopp’s plans this season and contributed to a sustained Premier League title challenge.
Brewster’s ability shone through when he won the golden boot with eight goals at the Under-17 World Cup in 2017 as England went on to win the tournament. But a serious knee injury stopped his progress and kept him out of action for the most of the 2017-18 season. He was included in Klopp’s 23-man travelling party for the Champions League semi-final, first leg at Barcelona in midweek and should be a regular in such squads next season.