Gini Wijnaldum says he’s no longer ‘impressed’ by Rhian Brewster’s finishing ability because he’s seen the Liverpool youngster produce it time after time.

Having netted in the Reds’ 3-0 win over Stuttgart at the weekend, Brewster came off the bench to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 2-2 draw against Red Bull Salzburg at the home of opponents the Reds faced in the Champions League last season.

Brewster – who scored 11 goals in 22 games on loan at Swansea last season – first fired home into the top corner after being found by James Milner, before following that up with an exquisite lofted finish for his second after good work from Curtis Jones.

And Wijnaldum says he isn’t surprised by the forward’s qualities in front of goal.


“I’m not ‘impressed’, because I know already which kind of quality he has,” the Dutchman told the Reds’ official website.

“We trained together for a few years and he showed also in training that his finishing is unbelievable, so I’m not really impressed!”

Wijnaldum added that the Austrian side gave the Premier League champions a difficult test across the 90 minutes, making it all the more important for new options like Brewster to emerge.

“That’s how it should be. Now we have the fixtures we all know it’s going to be a really difficult season with a lot of games, so a lot of players will play a lot of games,” he said.


“So if you have a lot of players who can bring quality to the pitch, it makes it even better for the team. We are really happy that the guys who came in, the young players, made the difference today.”

Liverpool have now left their Austrian training camp ahead of Sunday’s Community Sheild with Arsenal, and Wijnaldum says the experience was a positive one despite coronavirus concerns and a rain-soaked pitch in their first match against Stuttgart.

Wijnaldum is looking forward to the challenge of the Community Shield
“I think every training camp is a good one, I think especially now because we only had a little bit more than two weeks to prepare for the Community Shield,” he added.

“It is always good if you have good preparation in pre-season because this is basically the pre-season for the start of the season.

“It went quite well, we had to deal with some circumstances but also that we did good, so it was a good training camp.”