Former Liverpool player Brewitt reveals he intentionally injured his team mate

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Tom Brewitt admits he deliberately hurt a team member. Picture: Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
Tom Brewitt admits he deliberately hurt a team member. Picture: Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
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Former Liverpool youth team player Tom Brewitt has admitted he once injured a team mate on purpose in a bid to win a first-team place.

During the 2015/16 season – Jürgen Klopp’s first at Anfield – several of Liverpool’s centre-backs were injured before an FA Cup tie against Exeter.

Brewitt believed it was “written in the stars” for him to make his debut, but faced competition from Daniel Cleary.

“Whatever it took to do it, I was going to do it,” said Brewitt (23).

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Speaking to the Football Journeys Podcast, the Liverpool academy product – who was released by Morecambe earlier this year – added: “If that meant hurting someone or ruining a relationship I had, I was going to do it. I was just desperate to play for Liverpool and that’s all I wanted to do.”

Brewitt, who captained the Reds in the FA Youth Cup, said he got on well with Cleary, who now plays for Dundalk, but thinks he “ended the relationship”.

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He said he did not know Klopp was planning to play José Enrique at centre-back and recall Tiago Illori from loan at Aston Villa for the January tie.

I’m not ashamed of it, either, because, in my head, it was me or him and I was choosing me.
Tom Brewitt

“I made the decision – it was me or him, so I went after him in training,” Brewitt said. “Before Christmas and the time between Christmas and New Year, I put myself next to him in possession games. I put myself next to him in games, and I just kicked him.

“I wasn’t trying to hurt him badly, but I was trying to hurt him enough so that he was out the way and I would play.

“It was about a week before the Exeter game and I took a bit of a heavy touch in a seven-a-side and he’s come in to tackle me. I waited a split second too long and absolutely topped him, went over the ball, it was a bad tackle – I knew it was a bad tackle, I did it on purpose and I’m not incredibly proud of it.

“I’m not ashamed of it, either, because, in my head, it was me or him and I was choosing me.”

He added: “There was a bit of a scuffle after it and I think he got sent in for his reaction, rightly so as his reaction was probably bang on, and I finished off the session.

Blowing out someone else’s candle doesn’t make yours shine any brighter comes to mind
Tom Brewitt

“He was on crutches for the next two weeks, so it was sort of like, not mission accomplished, because I think that’s a bit harsh as I didn’t want to hurt him, I just needed him out the way for this game.”

Brewitt never made it to the Exeter game, suffering a concussion after banging his eye against a team mate’s back while going up for a header four days before the match.

In response to the podcast, Cleary tweeted: “Blowing out someone else’s candle doesn’t make yours shine any brighter comes to mind.

Lucky to walk away from that tackle with my leg in one piece.” – BBC


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