Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he’s under no illusions how dangerous Rhian Brewster will be for Sheffield United.
The two sides face each in the Premier League at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
Brewster could play against his former team for the first time since making a club record move to the Blades ealier this month.
Klopp knows the talent the 20-year-old possesses, having given the striker his debut in professional football.
“We all know him very well,” the German told The Liverpool Echo in his pre-match press conference. “That’s the problem – we know how good he is. Rhian used to be our boy but still we feel he is.
“I wish them a nearly perfect Premier League season. All world class games but two games off when they play us!
“If Rhian is on the pitch then we shouldn’t let him finish at all. Wherever he gets the ball he is a natural finisher.”
Big opportunity for Brewster to upstage Klopp
Klopp clearly remains a big fan of Brewster and didn’t actually want to sell the England Under-21 international.
However, he couldn’t offer the forward the game time he required. The Reds have covered their bases with the deal, though, which includes a buy-back clause and a 15 percent selling on fee.
It means that Brewster doesn’t exactly have something to prove against his former side. They knew he was good enough, but couldn’t fit him into their squad as things stand.
Yet it would surely be satisfying for Brewster to score his first ever Premier League goals against Liverpool.
There is a chance the youngster could start the game on Merseyside, having made his debut from the bench last week.
Brewster came on as a 64th minute substitute for David McGoldrick during the 1-1 draw with Fulham. Having now had another week’s training with United, he could be ready to be included in the starting XI.