Friday 19 July 2019

'I love the boy, he is fantastic player' - Jurgen Klopp hails 'new' Liverpool signing Rhian Brewster after 6-0 win

Liverpool's Rhian Brewster celebrates scoring their second goal
Liverpool's Rhian Brewster celebrates scoring their second goal
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. (Peter Byrne/PA)
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp watched his side play their first game since their Champions League final victory on Thursday night and he used the occasion to cement his stance on player recruitment in this summer's transfer window.

Klopp played two entirely different teams in each half as Liverpool beat neighbours Tranmere 6-0 at Prenton Park and he then insisted he is not planning to make too many additions to his squad ahead of the August 9th transfer window.

When asked whether he was planning to make any major signings in the coming weeks, Klopp replied: "We have bought them already and you don't realise it. Rhian Brewster, (Alex) Oxlade-Chamberlain didn't play last year, all the young boys didn't play for us last year, they are all new players for us.

"The transfer market is open. We will see what we do, but I don't think it will be the biggest transfer window of all time."

Teenager Brewster caught the eye with two goals on what was a gentle step back into action for Liverpool, with Klopp keen to praise the starlet who could have a big role to play from the bench for Liverpool in the new season.

"Rhian Brewster, I love the boy, he is fantastic player but one of the goals probably I would have scored," added Klopp.

"He played a really good game and I saw other good performances - Harry (Wilson) and Ryan (Kent) in the first half and then in the second half incredibly strong.

"We knew Rhian was a good player before. But why should I play it down? I just don’t want to talk after a game about the guy who scored two goals.

"I saw a really good game and Rhian is a fantastic player. We can talk about him no problem. I don't want to play him down or it down."

This is how Liverpool lined up against Tranmere, in a game that saw Nathaniel Clyne, Curtis Jones, Divock Origi and Bobby Duncan join Brewster on the scoresheet:

LIVERPOOL (first half): Mignolet; Clyne, Phillips, Gomez, Larouci; Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana; Kent, Wilson, Brewster.

LIVERPOOL (second half): Jaros; Hoever, Matip, Johnston, Lewis; Fabinho, Jones, Woodburn; Duncan, Glatzel (Atherton 78), Origi.

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