Rhian Brewster opens up how Steven Gerrard impacted him during the time in the academy
- Rhian believes Gerrard's departure is a big loss for the Academy
- Stevie helped him a lot from a midfielder's perspective
"Stevie was an exceptional manager for me on the pitch and personally. He was constantly making sure that I was OK, he was always available if I needed to chat or get things off my chest.
"Every game that [the racist abuse] happened, I was playing really well and so he told me it was their way of trying to get to me because they couldn’t match me in terms of ability. He said they were using it to try and put me off my game and so the best way to react to the idiots would be to show just how much better I can be.
"He would tell me ‘as a midfielder, this is where I’d expect you to be’. You get to understand the types of runs better like that. Having him pass the ball to me during sessions was very helpful, because it directed you on where to finish.
"And it makes you realise that in the same way, your movement can dictate where you receive the ball so you’re always thinking about it. It’s a loss to the academy that he’s now at Rangers, but it’s great for him and I know he’ll do big things."