Liverpool teenager Tom Brewitt reveals ambition to skipper Reds

The promising defender has been captaining the club's Under-18 side this season.

Under-18s skipper Tom Brewitt has told the Independent of his dream “to captain Liverpool and lead the team out at Anfield".

Brewitt, 18, has been progressing through his hometown club’s age groups since joining their ranks at the age of nine, and has also captained the England Under-17s in the past.

The promising defender, who names Jamie Carragher as his inspiration, has been invited to join first-team training at Melwood on several occasions this season, but is still to come close to his senior bow.

Nevertheless, manager Brendan Rodgers has shown his commitment to giving homegrown talent a chance in recent months, with Jordan Ibe breaking into the starting line-up in 2015, and fellow graduates Jordan Rossiter and Jordan Williams also make their professional debuts earlier in the campaign.

17 of the 28 players who have appeared in Liverpool’s first-team this season are also 25 or younger, and Brewitt sees it as a great sign for his future prospects at Anfield, hailing the work of Rodgers in building the club’s foundations.

“When you see players like Jordan Rossiter and Jordan Williams, who I train with week-in-week-out, go on and play for the first team, it shows you how close you are and how hard you’ve got to work to get there,” he said.

“I’ve played with Jordan [Rossiter] since he was eight and he’s worked hard to get to the top – he’s obviously talented, but he’s worked hard too. All the players who get to Liverpool are talented because of how big the club is but once you’re here, it’s all about doing everything you can to get to where you want to be.

"The manager does his best to make sure we’re at Melwood, training with the first team, as much as possible and it makes you feel a lot closer. He incorporates the academy into the first team’s plans – the manager is great like that.

“When the manager says he’ll turn to the youth it gives everyone belief that if you keep working hard and work on your weaknesses to improve your game, he’ll give you a chance to earn his trust.”

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