Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster admits he considered giving up on football at times during his year-long spell on the sidelines.
The teenager has been out of action since suffering ankle ligament damage whilst playing for the Reds’ U23s against Manchester City on January 12 2018.
Having stepped up his recovery in recent months, the Englishman returned to training during the club’s warm weather camp in Marbella this week.
He continued his rehabilitation alongside Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with the pair having spent a lot of time together during their respective layoffs.
Reflecting on the process, Brewster told Liverpoolfc.com: “Yeah, I think it’s taught me I am a strong person to have been through what I have been through in the last 13 months.”
“It’s been a bumpy ride, but for me to come out of the other end, I think has helped me a lot. There were so many points during the rehab where I thought I wanted to scrap football or I was feeling annoyed at the situation I was in, but to get through it and reach the other end, it’s shown me I am a strong person and that I know what I want to do.”
Jurgen Klopp has made it no secret that Brewster is very much part of his long-term senior plans on Merseyside once he is available again.
In fact, it is highly likely the 18-year-old would have already made his first team debut by now were it not for such a serious injury setback.
Liverpool’s faith in him was somewhat underlined in January when the club sanctioned Dominic Solanke’s £19million move to Bournemouth.
Aside from his talent on the pitch, Brewster has now demonstrated what incredible resilience and determination he has for one so young.