By Scott Taylor
Rhian Brewster was again grabbing the headlines as the Liverpool forward scored yet another goal for England’s U17s side in a 3-2 win against Austria in Romania on Sunday.
Brewster, 16, was heavily involved in all three goals, and had an effort that hit the post and another shot cleared off the line.
The U18s star netted his eighth goal for his country in just nine games under former Reds youth coach Steve Cooper, so who is the man attracting all the attention?Brewster burst onto the scene in October 2015, when he scored his first goal for the U18s in a dramatic 3-2 win at West Bromwich Albion, but his journey was different to his team-mates.
The forward arrived at Kirkby from Premier League rivals Chelsea in 2015, and during his time in West London, he was coached by the current Liverpool U23s coach Michael Beale.
After returning to the U16s for the rest of the 2015/16 season, Brewster was then given a chance to work alongside Beale for the second time in his career when he featured for the U23s in pre-season.
The forward looked completely in control, despite playing against players who were up to seven years his senior, grabbing a debut goal off the bench in the 3-1 win at the MK Dons.
Despite the impact he made for Beale’s side, Brewster is yet to make his full debut for the U23s, largely down to the form of forwards Brooks Lennon, Harry Wilson and Danny Ings.
The trio have scored a combined 23 goals this season for the Reds’ second string side, whilst fellow starlet Ben Woodburn also has six goals in all competitions for the U23s.
Due to Brewster’s international call-ups, game time has been limited for Neil Critchley’s U18s this season, but the forward still has two goals in just four starts in the Premier League.
However, it is his international form that is making the headlines. Brewster announced himself at U17 level by scoring in the 3-1 win at home to Belgium in August 2016.
Just over a month later, the forward scored a hat-trick on his competitive debut in the 5-0 win at Croatia before another two goals came just days later in a heavy 8-1 thrashing of Germany.
Brewster recently played in the UEFA U17 European Championship, scoring once and providing two assists in games against Azerbaijan and Austria.
The forward will return to a Liverpool U18s full of confidence themselves, after four straight wins saw them move to the top of the Premier League table.
Brewster may feature for the U18s when they return to domestic action of 15 November, when they travel to Compton to face strugglers Wolves.