Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson was waxing lyrical about the performance of Liverpool forward Rhian Brewster in their Carabao Cup thriller against Arsenal in midweek.
Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson commended the 19-year-old’s ‘maturity’ in the game at Anfield, which the Reds won on penalties after a 5-5 draw in normal time, and feels that he could have a big future ahead of him.
The 40-year-old told Football Insider: “Brewster I thought was outstanding. I really like him. I thought for 19 years old he showed maturity, he was good on and off the ball, I liked his maturity off the ball and he’ll definitely one to watch for the future.”
Although Brewster may not have found the net against the Gunners in normal time, he would score in the penalty shootout, and an assessment of his performance shows why Robinson was so gushing in his praise of the teenager.
It was only his second senior game for Liverpool, having made his debut in the previous round of the Carabao Cup against MK Dons in September, but the 19-year-old did not look out of place on Wednesday night.
He recorded three shots and had quite a diligent game off the ball, winning four aerial duels and getting back to win one tackle, while his heatmap showed that he covered plenty of ground throughout the opposition’s half, as well as in the middle of the park. [via WhoScored]
Several reporters acknowledged the hard-working display of Brewster in their player ratings from Wednesday’s match.
Henry Jackson of This Is Anfield noted how the 19-year-old dropped deep and got ‘more involved’ later in the game, while the Liverpool Echo‘s Ian Doyle alluded to how his presence forced Shkodran Mustafi to turn the ball into his own net for the opening goal. The Mirror‘s David Maddock noted the Liverpool forward’s ‘strong running down the middle’.
There are still imperfections to Brewster’s game which hopefully will be fine-tuned with further experience. He succeeded with only one of his three dribbles against Arsenal and lost four aerial duels in addition to the four that he won, while he completed just 19 of his 26 passes (73.1% success rate), as per WhoScored.
However, his diligence throughout the 90 minutes was rightly noted by Robinson, and on this display, he should be in line to feature a few more times before the end of the season and progress even further.
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