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Ex-Liverpool star Tom Brewitt admits purposely injuring team-mate in training to get FA Cup first-team chance

, Ex-Liverpool star Tom Brewitt admits purposely injuring team-mate in training to get FA Cup first-team chance

FORMER Liverpool star Tom Brewitt has incredibly admitted to intentionally injuring a team-mate in an attempt to get into the side.

Brewitt was battling with Daniel Cleary for a spot in the FA Cup squad to take on Exeter in the 2015-16 season – Jurgen Klopp’s first at the club.

Brewitt admitted to intentionally injuring a team-mate to try to get a spot in the first team

The ex-Reds academy product – released by Morecambe this summer – believed it was ‘written in the stars’ he would be picked, with a number of first-team regulars injured.


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However, he faced competition from Cleary – who spent two weeks on crutches after the attack.

Brewitt told the Football Journeys Podcast how he was willing to use whatever means necessary to get his big chance.

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And he said he felt no remorse for what he did.

The 23-year-old, who spent ten years at Anfield and captained Liverpool in the FA Youth Cup, said: “Whatever it took to do it, I was going to do it.

“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.

“I took the decision, it was me or him, so I went after him in training.

, Ex-Liverpool star Tom Brewitt admits purposely injuring team-mate in training to get FA Cup first-team chance

Cleary was on crutches for two weeks after the attack

, Ex-Liverpool star Tom Brewitt admits purposely injuring team-mate in training to get FA Cup first-team chance

Cleary said he was lucky for his leg to be in one piece from the tackle

“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 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.

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

, Ex-Liverpool star Tom Brewitt admits purposely injuring team-mate in training to get FA Cup first-team chance

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

“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 did not play anyway because he suffered a concussion four days before the match.

Cleary, who now plays for Dundalk, tweeted in response to Brewitt’s comments: “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.”

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