LIVERPOOL boss Jurgen Klopp insists Rhian Brewster has a role to play in Liverpool’s first team this season.
Brewster has flourished in Liverpool’s youth ranks since moving from Chelsea in 2014 and is pushing for an opportunity with the first team.
The youngster scored two of Liverpool’s six in their pre-season friendly at Tranmere on Thursday.
The presence of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah make opportunities in the starting XI hard to come by for any forward.
Nevertheless, the 19-year-old was among the substitutes for the Reds final two Champions League games that culminated in European success.
Klopp is hoping to offer Brewster a route into the first team but maintains the youngster must show the right attitude and a willingness to be flexible.
“100 per cent [it is a big season] but it depends on him as well,” said the German.
“Divock Origi stays which is good news, Bobby Firmino is still there.
“Rhian Brewster is a top striker, he is a top talent and I have told him already that he has an important role this year but how important depends on him. We will see.
“He has to play different positions as well – the centre, wing is possible I think.
“We will see how we line up, but there will be opportunities for him. I am sure.”
Klopp has shown a willingness to offer academy products a chance to prove their worth.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is the most notable success having made the right-back slot his own.
Brewster is still to make a competitive appearance for the Reds, but Klopp’s comments suggest it is only a matter of time before his endeavour is rewarded.
Origi’s decision to sign a new long-term deal at Anfield should ensure he also remains in contention for a starting berth.
The duo are likely to be offered chances to stake their claim at the beginning of the season with Klopp likely to ease Mane and Salah in carefully following their summer involvement in the Africa Cup of Nations.