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Who is Liverpool forward Rhian Brewster? All you need to know about the hat-trick hero of England's U17 World Cup semi-final

By Gareth Hanna

Liverpool's Ben Woodburn has for just under a year been hailed as the successor to the crown once held by the likes of Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen.

But when another of the club's teenage strikers blasted home a hat-trick to send England into the U17 World Cup, Rhian Brewster put his name in the hat to become Anfield's next goal-scoring hope. So what do we know about him?

Give me the details

Name: Rhian Brewster

Age: 16 (Born 1 April 2000)

Position: Striker

Sum him up:  "Talented striker with an eye for goal." - Liverpoolfc.com

Tell me more about him as a player

Scroll on down for the video to back this up, but Brewster is a pacey forward with a good shot who also seems to have that striking instinct to be in the right place at the right time. How Liverpool could do with a forward like that in the first team right now.

Has he always been at Liverpool?

No, Brewster was recruited into the Liverpool Academy two years ago. He had been at Chelsea since he was seven but opted to leave for the north-west as he "didn’t see a pathway to become a first-team player" at Stamford Bridge.

How has he got on since joining the Reds?

His performance last season prompted the jump from Under 18 football to Liverpool's Under 23s and he scored on his Under 23s debut back in January. He also seized his opportunity to show Jurgen Klopp what he could do last November when he netted a hat-trick in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Accrington Stanley.

Has he played for the first team yet?

Not yet but he has been named on the bench for a Premier League fixture. That was the 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at Anfield back in April. If he makes his debut soon, he could well become the first player born in the 21st century to make his senior debut for Liverpool. We bet that makes you feel old.

What does Jurgen Klopp think of him?

Back in April, Klopp said: "I’ve followed him for more than a year and as it is for boys of his age they grow, it’s good. Physically stronger, wonderfully skilled boy, real striker, good finisher, fantastic work ethic and all that stuff. He’s in a very good way, he’s a very good boy.”

How has he been playing this season so far?

Rather well to say the least. He has netted three goals in his first six league games of the season for Liverpool Under 23s. He has also notched up four assists, as if the goals weren't enough to show for his efforts.

For England, his semi-final hat-trick to see off Brazil 3-1 took his U17 World Cup tally to seven goals. He also bagged three goals in the quarter-final 4-1 win over USA and netted in the earlier 3-2 win over Mexico. Unsurprisingly, he leads the race for the tournament's Golden Boot.

Let me see what he can do

Have a look at his 14 goals from last season right here:

And here's that big hat-trick against Brazil that has got everybody talking:

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