Liverpool players are not surprised by the rapid rise of starlet Rhian Brewster, after the 20-year-old started pre-season at electric pace.
Brewster has been given two opportunities so far during the Reds training camp, playing just 75 minutes but managing to score three times.
Yet Brewster’s deadly presence in front of goal is not phasing the senior team, according to midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, who says it has now become expected that Brewster is to go on to huge things.
Speaking following Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Salzburg, in which Brewster scored both goals in a late comeback, Wijnaldum told the club’s official website: ‘I’m not “impressed”, because I know already which kind of quality he has.
‘We trained together for a few years and he showed also in training that his finishing is unbelievable, so I’m not really impressed!’
The Dutchman stressed the importance of Liverpool having top quality youngsters chomping at the bit, with the off-season break shorter than ever before and the Reds facing a tough start to the coming campaign.
Wijnaldum added: ‘Now we have the fixtures we all know it’s going to be a really difficult season with a lot of games, so a lot of players will play a lot of games.
‘So if you have a lot of players who can bring quality to the pitch, it makes it even better for the team.
‘We are really happy that the guys who came in, the young players, made the difference today.’
Liverpool return to action on Saturday, when they face Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal in the curtain-raiser of the Community shield final.
The two sides will meet at a closed Wembley stadium, with fans still not permitted to gather together and spectate live events during the coronavirus pandemic.
It is expected both Jurgen Klopp and Arteta will field youthful sides for the encounter, handing out opportunities while the senior squads get slowly back up to pace.