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Liverpool set to be handed huge injury boost next week in time for crucial run-in; The Reds are currently top of the Premier League and face a huge clash with Merseyside rivals Everton this weekend.

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Liverpool's highly-rated striker Rhian Brewster is set to make a huge step in his road to recovery by taking part in full training next week.

The talented 18-year-old has been sidelined by an ankle injury for 13 months - with his last appearance coming in the Reds' U23s defeat byManchester Citylast January.

Brewster made his return to the first-team squad by travelling out to Marbella for Jurgen Klopp's warm-weather training last month.

Klopp had earmarked Brewster to make his Reds bow at some point in the season run-in, and he'll be given a chance to shine next week.

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According to the Liverpool Echo, the Reds have no intention of rushing his recovery but are keen to get him involved again with Klopp's squad.

Klopp previously suggested the teenager had an outside chance of making his senior bow before the end of this season.

His only previous matchday involvement was as an unused substitute in the 2-1 home defeat againstCrystal Palaceback in April 2017.

Klopp said: "I hope Rhian is 100% and completely fine, top shape for the pre-season - that would be my target for him.

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"Whether he will play before the end of the season, I don't know, we don't close doors."

It will be a massive personal boost for the striker, who last month revealed he almost quit football during his injury hell.

Brewster said: "I think [rehab] taught me I am a strong person to have been through what I have been through in the last 13 months.

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"There were so many points during the rehab where I thought I wanted to scrap football or I was feeling annoyed at the situation I was in.

"But to get through it and reach the other end, it's shown me I am a strong person and that I know what I want to do."

Liverpoolare currently top of the Premier League, one point above Manchester City, and face a huge clash with Merseyside rivalsEvertonthis weekend.

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Rhian Brewster is nearing a return to first-team training

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