West Ham’s Aaron Cresswell has commented on being released by Liverpool.
West Ham United left back Aaron Cresswell has told The Telegraph that he was devastated when he was released by Liverpool
Cresswell, 26, earned his first ever call-up to the England squad earlier this week, as he was brought into the squad by Gareth Southgate after Danny Drinkwater pulled out through injury.
It’s been a great rise for Cresswell, who was playing in League One for Tranmere Rovers in 2011, and he’ll now be competing with Danny Rose and Ryan Bertrand for a spot in Southgate’s starting line-up.
Ahead of England’s games against Scotland and Spain over the next week, Cresswell spoke to The Telegraph about his career, and told a story of how he was released by Liverpool at the age of just 15.
Cresswell was born and bred in Liverpool and grew up supporting the Reds, but was released as a teenager before heading to nearby Tranmere – and Cresswell admitted that he was ‘devastated’ when he was let go by Liverpool.
“My dad told me in the car,” said Cresswell. “I couldn’t get my head around it at first. They pull the parents to one side and tell them, ‘It’s not to be but it’s not the end’. I was devastated. As a kid, you are in a bubble of playing for Liverpool. It was all I had done for two years and I had enjoyed it so much. It wasn’t about a job, or thinking, ‘I won’t make it’. It was about playing for the club I supported. Everyone around me was a Liverpool fan. It was just purely for the love of football.”
“My dad said, ‘It is not the end of the world. Go back with your mates. Just play with a smile on your face and enjoy it’. That’s what I did. I went back with the lads,” he added.
What’s interesting is that, whilst Cresswell has become one of the top left backs in the Premier League during his time at West Ham, Liverpool have found the position to be a major problem.
Cresswell’s attacking ability makes him perfect for Klopp’s system, and whilst he signed a new one-year contract with West Ham over the summer, Liverpool may be able to offer Champions League football next season as they challenge for the Premier League title, and the lure of returning to his boyhood club may be appealing to Cresswell, especially given West Ham’s struggles this term.
The Sun recently claimed that Liverpool were keen on Cresswell in a £15m move, and the Liverpudlian should remain on Klopp’s radar having proven himself in the Premier League in a position which is a major problem for the Reds.