West Ham left-back Aaron Cresswell admits being released by Liverpool as a boy was heartbreaking.
Cresswell was released the club he supported as a boy at the age of 15 before moving to Tranmere Rovers.
He then moved to Championship outfit Ipswich Town before the Hammers’ snapped the 24-year old up during the summer.
But the Scouse defender believes working his way up the divisions has paid dividends now.
“Being released was heartbreaking. I supported Liverpool as a boy, so to be released by them was really hard,” said Cresswell.
“In a way it’s helped me get where I am today, and I’m very proud of that.
“In the end it worked out well for me because you get more playing opportunities at lower league level.”
Cresswell was part of the West Ham side that crucified Liverpool just a couple of weeks ago at Upton Park.
Sam Allardyce’ side secured a well earned 3-1 win that day and Cresswell admitted it was a great feeling.
“It was a good day. I had about nine or ten of my family down to watch the match. To get the three points was a great feeling.
“I think a couple of them jumped up when Liverpool scored! I’m sure the West Ham weren’t too happy about that, but it was of those moments. I’ll take the three points all day.”