Rhian Brewster was delighted to cap off his return to action by scoring his first two goals for Liverpool in Thursday’s 6-0 hammering of Tranmere Rovers.
After graduating from the Liverpool youth ranks, Brewster’s first season of senior football was ruined by a long-term ankle injury. It meant he didn’t make a single appearance as the club stormed to Champions League success.
Although Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has teased that the 19-year-old will have an “important” role to play at Anfield next season.
And Brewster did his chances of convincing the German no harm on Thursday by bagging a brace to help Liverpool defeat Tranmere 6-0 in a pre-season friendly at Prenton Park.
The teenage forward impressed observers with his all-round play and even assisted Nathaniel Clyne’s sixth-minute goal.
For Brewster, though, just being on the pitch after missing last summer’s friendly against Tranmere was the real highlight.
“This time last year I was out injured, I was here watching the boys play against Tranmere and this year I’m here playing,” he told the club’s website.
“It’s mad how far you can come in a year. I’m loving every minute of pre-season. It’s tough, don’t get me wrong, but I’d rather be out there than on the treatment bench.
“I’m taking every moment as it comes. It’s great to be back out there.”
Curtis Jones, Divock Origi and Bobby Duncan were the other goalscorers to set Liverpool up for a brilliant start in pre-season.
“It was good to start the pre-season right,” Brewster continued.
“I think the team played really well in both halves.
“Obviously it’s good to get two goals and an assist, but overall I think the first-half team and second-half team played really well.”
Brewster and Liverpool will return to action on Sunday at League Two side Bradford City.