The inside story on the Liverpool tyro ready to fill Gerrard’s boots

first_imgIt’s not been the best of starts to the new season for Liverpool, but the prospect of a new Steven Gerrard emerging through the ranks has been cause for some excitement around Anfield.Jordan Rossiter, 17, was handed his senior debut in the Capital One Cup penalty shoot-out victory over Middlesbrough and quickly made an impression, scoring the opener with a long range strike to make him the Reds’ second youngest ever goalscorer behind Michael Owen.So just who is this tyro midfielder seeking to break into the Liverpool first-team? talkSPORT’s Talent Spotter takes a look.Name: Jordan RossiterDate of birth: 24 March 1997Position: MidfielderClub: LiverpoolInternational appearances: One (England Under-18)Did you know?1) Just like Ian Rush, Jamie Carragher and Michael Owen, Rossiter is an Evetonian, but was picked up by Liverpool’s academy at just six years old and has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks.2) The combative midfielder has always been years ahead of his age group and made his debut for Liverpool’s Under-18s on his 15th birthday in 2012. The following season he was captaining the side.3) The Liverpool-born prospect stepped up to the Reds Under-21s last season, making 19 appearances and finishing the season with three goals and two assists to his name, while also earning a spot on Brendan Rodgers’ bench for a couple of senior games.4) Rossiter signed his first professional contract at Anfield in March, shortly after his 17th birthday, and continued his brilliant year by being named Liverpool’s Academy Player of the Season in May.5) Robbie Fowler has already likened Rossiter to Gerrard and the two do share many similar attributes. Comfortable on the ball, the youngster has a keen eye for a pass, can break past opponents at speed and is tenacious when it comes to making a tackle. Liverpool have high hopes for the teenager.6) At international level, Rossiter played a key role for England Under-17s as they finished runners-up in the Algarve Tournament behind Germany this year. The midfielder also made his Under-18s bow for the Young Lions in the 4-1 win over the Netherlands earlier this month.He says: “To score on my debut, I couldn’t have asked for any more. It’s a dream come true to be honest… I know I need to keep my feet on the ground and keep on improving. If I do that then hopefully I’ll get more appearances in the future.” – Rossiter after his impressive debut against MiddlesbroughThey say:“I like the look of him. He’s got a bit of character and steel that me and Stevie have had. He’s a great talent.” – Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher on Rossiter“It is easy for him to go to Melwood because that’s how he trains all the time. 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.” – Liverpool Under-21s boss Alex Inglethorpe on Rossiter being called up to the senior squad in March 2014“Jordan Rossiter could walk to Anfield from where he grew up. He showed wonderful composure. Opportunity is the biggest thing a young kid can want and they know that I will always look to them. My job is to grow young talent otherwise there is no point having our academy.” – Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers on Rossiter’s performance against Middlesbrough.Video evidence:Rossiter’s individual highlights on his senior debut against MiddlesbroughLiverpool fans, what do you think of Rossiter? Can he fill Gerrard’s boots? Comment below. Liverpool midfielder Jordan Rossiter 1last_img

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