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Liverpool's Rhian Brewster eyeing first-team debut this season

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Rhian Brewster has told FourFourTwo that he is eyeing a Liverpool first-team debut this season after committing his future to the club in the summer.

Brewster, 18, ended the possibility of leaving Anfield when he signed his first professional contract in July and was promoted to Jurgen Klopp's senior side on a permanent basis as a result.

The forward is still recovering from two operations after damaging ligaments in his ankle in January, but is hopeful of a return before the end of the year.

"I wanted to be playing first-team football and if that meant going, I'd have gone," Brewster said. "But I felt it was right to stay at Liverpool and prove that I'm good enough to play in the first team.

"I hope to make my debut and play quite a bit this season. I've been injured since January. That's been hard, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has helped me as we've been doing rehab together, and the manager has integrated me with the first team even though I've been injured."

Brewster, who joined Liverpool from Chelsea at 15, drew international attention when he won the Golden Boot at the under-17s World Cup in October.

Klopp observed Brewster play a game for Liverpool U18s at the club's Kirkby academy in just his second day as Liverpool manager.

"[Klopp] was texting me throughout the [U17] World Cup, then he called me after we won to say congratulations," Brewster continued. "The first time he texted me, I thought: 'Who's this?' I know one JK and that's Jurgen -- it can't be!

"He said: 'It's the boss' and told me to save his number! I thought: 'Wow, he cares.'"