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13th Oct, 2016 | 5:37pm

Why emerging defender needs January Liverpool transfer

COMMENT By Emma Sanders

Liverpool centre-back Tom Brewitt is currently on trial with Chesterfield and is hoping to complete a loan move to the club in January.

Football Insider revealed on Wednesday that Brewitt had moved a step closer to completing a temporary switch from Anfield.

The League One outfit named Brewitt in the starting line-up for their reserve side as they defeated Rotherham United 3-0 on Tuesday evening.

The 19-year-old is highly thought of at the Liverpool Academy and was the Under-18s captain before making the jump up to the Under-23s squad.

However, Brewitt has struggled to get much game time under Michael Beele this season due to the presence of Mamadou Sakho, Tiago Ilori and Corey Whelan.

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Brewitt signed a new long-term contract with the Reds this summer and the club are keen to invest in his future, according to the Liverpool Echo.

With immediate opportunities limited, Brewitt could benefit heavily from a loan spell with Chesterfield should the two clubs come to an agreement post trial.

The centre-back was named in Liverpool’s first team squad for the fixture against Arsenal in April 2015 but has yet to make his breakthrough into Klopp’s side.

Ilori and Andre Wisdom are two young defenders who have enjoyed loan spells in recent seasons and looked to have benefited when they produced some encouraging performances for Liverpool in the pre-season campaign.

Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan’s arrival has made first team appearances even harder to come by but, at just 19 years of age, Brewitt still has time to gain valuable experience elsewhere.

His leadership qualities are one of the most attractive features of his game and could be something Klopp looks towards in the future.

Chesterfield could provide regular first team action, as well as regular training with senior members – both of which could help Brewitt in his long-term career.

January 2017 could be the start of a very important year for the young defender if a loan agreement can be reached.

In other Liverpool news, reports detail Tom Brewitt’s Chesterfield trial.