West Ham United star Aaron Cresswell has revealed he never managed to realise his Liverpool dreams.
West Ham star Aaron Cresswell made his way to East London via Tranmere and Ipswich Town but he started out at Liverpool.
Cresswell has established himself as a firm favourite with Hammers fans for his performances since joining from the tractor boys.
But it was the adulation of Liverpool supporters he craved as a young Red growing up on Merseyside.
Speaking to West Ham’s official website, Cresswell revealed he grew up idolising Anfield legend Robbie Fowler and had designs on emulating his hero when he started life as a striker in Liverpool’s youth setup.
“When I was a kid growing up in Liverpool, the first person I wanted to be was Robbie Fowler,” Cresswell told whufc.com.
“Obviously when you’re a boy you just want to kick a ball against the fence or the wall and score goals and, at the time, Robbie Fowler was banging them in left, right and centre for Liverpool. At the time he came through, I was a boy and he was a young Scouse lad and he was doing really well.
“There are only two teams in Liverpool and you’re either a Red or a Blue and, growing up, I was a Liverpool fan and he was most probably the one I looked up to and wanted to be like.
“When I started playing for my local team I played up front I used to score a few goals but, the older I got, the further back down the pitch I went!
“When I was at Liverpool in the Academy, I used to play centre midfield from the ages of 12 to 14 then, just before I left, they decided to put me on the left side of defence.
“Then, when I went to Tranmere Rovers, I was a left-back, so who knows where I’ll be in ten years’ time. I could be in goal!”
That particular dream went unrealised for Cresswell.
The left-back – who has received England recognition in recent seasons – has found himself on the sidelines watching on for most of the season so far under new manager Manuel Pellegrini.
Nowadays as a left-back, Cresswell looks up to the likes of Marcelo and before him Ashley Cole.
But his first focus will be on getting back into the West Ham team after losing his place to Arthur Masuaku following an injury-hit couple of seasons.