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Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster admits he considered QUITTING football after long-term ankle injury; The 18-year-old striker hasn't played for over a year after suffering a long-term ankle injury.

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Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster has admitted he considered ending his fledgling career during the tough times of his rehabilitation process.

The 18-year-old striker hasn't played for over a year after suffering a long-term ankle injury, but Brewster is now back in training and with Jurgen Klopp's first team in Marbella this week.

Brewster had been earmarked byKloppto play a part for the Reds this season, but the forward is still awaiting his first-team debut after working his way back to fitness after his damaging setback.

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And whileBrewsteris taking big steps towards his eventual comeback out in Spain, it is expected that he will have to wait until next season before his time truly arrives at Anfield withLiverpoolcurrently embroiled in their most serious title tilt for 29 years.

It's been a long way back for the talented teenager and Brewster revealed he thought about quitting football during some of his lower moments of the past 12 months.

He "I think [rehab] 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.

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"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."

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlainhad a big hand in helping his less experienced team-mateback towards fitness,with the pair regularly taking part in gym sessionstogether at Melwood over the past 10 months.

And Brewster has talked up the role the former Arsenal star had in ensuring his focus stayed steady during the arduous rehabilitation process.

"He's been great," Brewtser explained. "To have an older player of his ability who has been around for a long time, to have him next to me and help me along the way has been amazing.

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"I couldn't have asked for someone better to do my rehab with."

Brewster isstill awaiting his full debutunder manager Klopp but he hasn't ruled out the prospect of a maiden bow before the end of the current campaign.

"The next target? To get back playing, a few U23s games and stuff, get my fitness back and hopefully, maybe, make my debut this year, if not next," he said.

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Jurgen Klopp laughing with Dominic Solanke while Rhian Brewster walks on crutches

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Publication:Crosby Herald (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 15, 2019
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