Exclusive: Liverpool line up January deal as defender undergoes trial
By Emma Sanders
Tom Brewitt has joined League One side Chesterfield on trial with a view to a January transfer, Football Insider sources understand.
The defender, 19, has been with the Reds’ academy side since Under-11s level and has captained the Under-18s before progressing to the Under-23s in recent seasons.
A well-placed Liverpool source has told Football Insider that Brewitt is set to join Chesterfield on loan in January for the second half of the season if he impresses during his trial.
Academy staff at the Premier League giants are keen for Brewitt to gain some first-team experience and he could link up with fellow youngster Ryan Fulton, who is on a season-long loan with Chesterfield.
Brewitt was named on Liverpool’s released list at the end of last season, but his club future was secured days later when he signed a new long-term contract extension days later.
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The defender has trained with Jurgen Klopp’s first-team squad at Melwood in recent campaigns and was included in the matchday squad against Arsenal at the Emirates in April 2015, but has yet to make his senior debut.
The former England Under-17s centre-back lined up for Chesterfield’s Reserve side in their 3-0 win at home to Rotherham United on Tuesday.
Brewitt was Liverpool’s Under-18s captain before making the step up to Under-23s level in April 2014, coming on as a late substitute in the 3-1 loss at Leicester.
His full debut came for the Under-23s came on the opening day on the 2015-16 season in the 1-0 defeat at home to Chelsea, and the defender has gone on to make 13 appearances for Michael Beale’s side.
In addition to this, the youngster has featured six times in the UEFA Youth League, scoring his one and only goal in the 3-2 win at home to Real Madrid in October 2014.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the club have reached agreement on a big money three-year deal.