A forgotten former Liverpool star has admitted he is ‘angry with himself’ after being caught up in a watch robbery in 2020, which led to his body not being the same after being stabbed.
The former England under-21s captain worked his way through the Reds’ youth system to make his senior club debut in the Europa League in September 2012.
While attending a house party in June 2020, after he’d moved to Derby County, the star was stabbed in a watch robbery in the Toxteth area of Liverpool, and was hospitalised as a result of the attack.
While he returned to duties with Derby, who he had joined in 2017, he only lasted another year, before popping his groin in April 2021, his last professional appearance for the club.
After being absent from professional football for over two years, the player signed for sixth-tier club Warrington Town, and made a winning start as his new side beat King’s Lynn Town 1-0 in the National League North.
An ex-Liverpool star admits he is ‘angry with himself’ after being caught up in a watch robbery
Andre Wisdom made his Liverpool debut in 2012, after working through the youth system
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Andre Wisdom made his Liverpool debut under Brendan Rodgers in 2012, making 22 appearances for the Reds before moving to Derby County in 2017.
The Leeds-born star, now 30, reflected upon the 2020 stabbing in an interview with The Telegraph, admitting: ‘Basically, I shouldn’t have been there.
‘I shouldn’t have gone by myself given the area it was in, the type of party it was – not that it was a crazy party – but I’ve grown up in similar areas to that.’
Rather than resenting the attack, he found himself taking the blame internally. ‘It was more that I was angry with myself. Angry that I wasn’t more aware to avoid that situation. Now I look at it more as a lesson.’
His dad was ‘severely stabbed’ when he was younger, and he admits he played down the nature of his own incident in 2020, noting: ‘I’m quite – and this is not a good thing – numb to incidents like that.’
After the stabbing, he ‘just wanted to get back to football as quickly as possible’, and played 36 games for Derby before his groin popped.
When asked if he regrets rushing his return, Wisdom said: ‘Even though I made the wrong decision to come back that quickly, I think it was the right decision for me in that moment.’
After leaving Derby at the end of his deal in 2021, Wisdom underwent unsuccessful trials at Portsmouth, Sheffield United, Birmingham City and Polish outfit Warta Poznan.
After over two years out of the game, he joined the National League North side Warrington Town in September, initially on a temporary deal, which has escalated to a season-long contract.
The former England under-21s captain made 22 appearances for Liverpool before leaving
Wisdom was playing for Championship Derby County at the time of the attack in June 2020
In September, he joined sixth-tier side Warrington Town, and got himself off to a winning start
He believes his young start to footballing life has meant he does not feel flashy. ‘Because I started young, I’ve got all of that out of my system now,’ he said.
‘Playing football for money, or for the life it provides – the notoriety, interviews like this, TV – doesn’t really entice me.
‘I don’t need to get back to professional football. Will I love it? A hundred per cent. Will I work hard? Yes. Do I want that? Yes. But I don’t need it.
‘I’m happy with where I’m at. That will probably lead me to the things that are meant to be for me. I do it out of love. I don’t need to fulfil anything now.’