Liverpool academy starlet Tom Brewitt is looking to learn from former defender and now Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher.
The 17-year-old centre-back has caught the headlines this season and topped off an excellent period in his young career as he recently scored in the Reds’ 3-2 UEFA Youth League victory over Real Madrid.
His performances for the U18 side and eagerness to improve prompted boss Brendan Rodgers to call him up to first-team training where he was tasked with marking Mario Balotelli.
His Melwood experience will certainly aid his development as he looks to emulate former Liverpool defender and personal hero Jamie Carragher.
“Carra is a big hero of mine,” Liverpool Under-18s’ captain told The Liverpool Echo. “How he led the team and controlled the back four for so many years was brilliant. He always gave everything and his leadership and organisation on the pitch was so important.”
“I have met him and I try to learn as much as I can from him. I also admire Fabio Cannavaro and Carles Puyol - both massive leaders who have won World Cups. Cannavaro won the Ballon D’Or which is pretty unheard of for a centre-back.
“But Carra is the one. He played over 700 games for Liverpool and is a massive role model for me. Hopefully I can try to emulate that.”
Brewitt was born and raised in Liverpool and joined the Merseysiders as a 10-year-old, two years after his first trial for the club.
He has earned international recognition and captained the England U17 side, but injury last year ruled him out of the European Championships.