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Rhian Brewster: England U17’s natural finisher on the fast-track at Liverpool

The striker whose consecutive hat-tricks swept England into Saturday’s Under-17 World Cup final is a product of careful nurturing at Liverpool, where Steve McManaman, Steven Gerrard and John Barnes have had a part to play

They were the goals of a natural finisher and no surprise to anyone at Liverpool’s academy. The background to Rhian Brewster’s World Cup semi-final hat?trick for England Under-17s against Brazil, however, brought extra satisfaction and encouragement to those charged with realising the striker’s potential for Jürgen Klopp.

Liverpool tailor individual training programmes for their “talent group” – the academy prospects who are judged to have taken the next step and who travel weekly from Kirkby to Melwood for training sessions with the first-team development coach Pep Lijnders. Brewster, the London-born forward whose two consecutive hat-tricks have swept England into Saturday’s under-17s World Cup final against Spain in Kolkata, has been on the fast-track since Klopp arrived at Anfield.

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