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Klopp teases ‘important’ Liverpool role for Rhian Brewster

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Jurgen Klopp announced he’s got an “important role” planned for youngster Rhian Brewster at Liverpool next season.

Brewster is a product of Liverpool’s youth academy and is highly-valued by the club despite not debuting for the first-team yet. Although he did make the bench for their 2-0 win over Tottenham in the Champions League final.

Unfortunately, though, this upcoming talent has suffered a difficult start to his Anfield career following a long-term ankle injury. It caused him to be sidelined for most of last season

However, Brewster has now left his injury woes in the past and is looking forward to a clean slate next season. And Klopp appears to have no lingering doubts over the 19-year-old either.

“Rhian is a really big talent. We’re really looking forward to seeing him in training,” the Reds boss told the club’s website.

“It will be an important role for us, we’ve planned an important role for him.”

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Joe Gomez and Adam Lallana have also successfully returned for Liverpool’s pre-season after their own respective injury setbacks.

“After a lot of problems last year, if these boys can really stay fit then that’s completely different to last year for the team because there is real quality,” continued Klopp.

“Hopefully we can give them the time because it’s a while since they had competitive games.”

The European champions will kick-off their pre-season programme with a friendly at Tranmere Rovers next Thursday before meeting Bradford City three days later.

Liverpool will then head out for their United States tour for friendlies against Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla, Sporting Lisbon and Napoli.

They will take on Lyon in one last friendly on July 31 before meeting Manchester City in the Community Shield five days later at Wembley. Newcomers Norwich City will then meet Liverpool back at Anfield for their Premier League opener on August 9.

MADRID, SPAIN – MAY 31: Rhian Brewster (L) and James Milner (R) warm up with team mates during the Liverpool FC training session on the eve of the UEFA Champions League Final against Tottenham Hotspur at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on May 31, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)