Rhian Brewster will be promoted to the senior squad upon his return to fitness at the start of next season.
Manager Jurgen Klopp rates the 17-year-old so highly he has already informed the striker of his intentions, helping his morale as he continues his rehabilitation from an ankle ligament injury that needed two operations.
Brewster’s recovery is being overseen at the first team HQ at Melwood rather than the Kirkby Academy, a symbolic gesture to recognise more senior status.
Surgery on his right ankle has prematurely ended Brewster’s campaign, a year in which he rose to prominence after firing England Under 17 World Cup glory.
These heights were followed by setbacks, racism claims against Spartak Moscow defender Leonid Mironov not supported by UEFA, citing lack of evidence, and then the injury ending his chances of playing again in this campaign.
Brewster is one of the host highly-rated young players in the country and Klopp has made it known to all the promising starlets in the youth system he will offer a pathway to first team opportunities should they continue their development.
Brewster is now set to join the first team when they begin their pre-season schedule ahead of the 2018-19 campaign, ahead of being integrated into matchday squads. It is anticipated he will be fit to train again by July.
The England youth international turns 18 at the start of next month, at which point he will be eligible to sign a new long-term deal with Liverpool.
Academy players are limited to three year contracts before their 18th birthday.
Earlier this season, another Liverpool youngster, Ben Woodburn, signed a five year contract shortly after his 18th birthday.