Just who is Liverpool’s Jordan Rossitter?
He’s introduced himself to Liverpool fans in fantastic fashion. Ex-Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has tweeted “potentially the next Stevie G”. Some accolade.
At 17, Jordan Rossiter personified all the traits of a seasoned professional as he scored on his first team debut for boyhood club Liverpool, against Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup; a competition the Reds are 11/2 to claim.
A former captain of the England Under-16s, most notably in the Victory Shield win over Scotland in 2012, he has burst onto the footballing scene with as much impact as Ross Barkley at cross-city rivals Everton. Three years his junior, the Toffees starlet is a great example for Rossiter to follow. Not that he needs any. In Steven Gerrard, he has a carbon-copy role model.
Liverpool’s skipper experienced a tough introduction to life in the Reds’ first team, suffering firstly with confidence problems, admitting: “I was out of position and out of my depth”. The coaching hierarchy saw something in him, and must be glad they kept hold, with Gerrard going onto inspire them almost single-handedly to an historic Champions League win.
Rossiter is of similar stock. In Brendan Rodgers, he has a coach and a manager who knows how to get the best out of youngsters, and the player will only flourish.
Former Anfield legend and centre back Jamie Carragher has been full of praise for Rossiter, whose particular proclivity is in a box-to-box midfield mould.
“Jordan Rossiter has trained with us a few times. I like the look of him. He’s got a bit of character and steel that me and Stevie have had – When he was 15 he was playing for the Under-18s, which is a tremendous accolade for the lad. He’s a great talent.”
Academy director Alex Inglethorpe, also insists the Reds have a serious talent on their hands who is only going to get improve.
“He’s getting better all the time. He’s a pleasure to work with and is someone who dedicates himself and works ever so hard. He listens and learns and I don’t think there will be many first-year scholars who play a full season in the Under-21s. That is some achievement.”