Rhian's opportunity; BREWSTER'S ENGLAND U21S CALL - AND REDS DEBUT MAY BE ON HORIZON.
Byline: IAN DOYLE Chief LFC Writer email@example.com @IANDOYLESPORT
RHIAN BREWSTER would surely have been viewing next month as a chance to take the next significant step in his burgeoning career.
Now it appears the Liverpool striker's opportunity may come a little sooner than expected.
The Reds' League Cup third round tie at MK Dons has been earmarked by many observers as a chance for Brewster to finally make his senior bow for the club.
Having been on the bench for the Premier League home game against Crystal Palace more than two years ago, injury and development have thwarted the striker's attempts to break into the first team.
Brewster had a taste during pre-season with goalscoring outings earlier in the warm-up programme, and has since been sharpening his game with the under-23s, for whom he netted in the 4-2 Premier League 2 win at Southampton on Monday night.
He is likely to be in action at Anfield on Saturday evening when Neil Critchley's side entertain Manchester City. But Brewster is nearing a bigger stage, the September 25 visit to MK Dons to take on the League One hosts likely to provide Jurgen Klopp a chance to rotate his resources, with the youngster among those waiting eagerly in the wings.
And he could further bolster his claims beforehand after being handed a first ever call up to the England U21 side.
Aidy Boothroyd's Young Lions travel to Turkey next Friday and face Kosovo in Hull three days later in their UEFA European U21 Championship qualifiers.
Brewster, of course, is no stranger to international football, having been top scorer when helping England win the U17 World Cup two years ago.
Those performances, along with his continued progress at the Academy, helped convince Liverpool of the teenager's promise.
Now Brewster, still only 19, could have an opportunity to show for his country why he's now ready for his club.
Rhian Brewster during training at Melwood this week JOHN POWELL