By Sam Mcevoy For Mailonline
Published: 13:24 BST, 16 October 2020 | Updated: 13:24 BST, 16 October 2020
Former Liverpool academy player Tom Brewitt has sensationally admitted that he deliberately injured a team-mate in order to win a spot in Jurgen Klopp's team.
Brewitt, who played for Morecambe last season before being released this summer, claims he was desperate to make the step up to the senior side and saw the opportunity to do so when the club went through an injury crisis during the 2015-16 campaign.
Klopp was light at the back for an upcoming FA Cup tie with Exeter during his first season at Anfield, which Brewitt believed was his moment to make his debut.
Tom Brewitt has admitted to deliberately injuring a team-mate in order to play for Liverpool
However, in order to win a spot in the starting XI, Brewitt was facing competition from fellow defender Daniel Cleary – a player he decided to 'hurt' in order to come out on top.
'Whatever it took to do it, I was going to do it,' Brewitt told the Football Journeys podcast.
'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 but believes he 'ended the relationship' through his actions.
Brewitt (bottom row, middle) was competing with Daniel Cleary (top left) in defence
'Jurgen knew there was a crisis so he was going