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Liverpool's trio of young strikers seek elusive breakthrough



Around the time 17-year-old England striker Rhian Brewster became the first player since Pele to score a hat-trick in a semi-final at any World Cup on Wednesday, another gifted Liverpool attacker signed a new five-year contract.

At 18, Wales international Ben Woodburn is six months Brewster's senior but two years younger than Dominic Solanke, the third of Liverpool's trio of young forwards who have all made an impact on the international stage as they await their chance under manager Juergen Klopp.

Earlier this season, Woodburn even scored a goal in a senior World Cup match, netting on his debut in the 1-0 victory over Austria in a vital qualifier, while Solanke won the Golden Boy award as the best player at the Under-20 World Cup, which England won.

Meanwhile, Brewster awaits what could be his crowning moment in Saturday's final against Spain.

"Brewster will walk back into Liverpool's Melwood training ground feeling a million dollars," said Jamie Redknapp, a former Liverpool midfielder and England Under-21 captain who helped his side win the prestigious Toulon tournament in 1994.

"Now it is important Brewster keeps a level head. He and his England team mates are entering a crucial stage of their development. Far too often, English clubs give players aged 16 to 19 ridiculous contracts that they have not earned," he wrote in the Daily Mail newspaper.

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