8 Apr 2016

Shock Exit: Liverpool on the verge of losing 'wonderful' midfield star; transfer to Serie A possible?

With only one month of the season remaining, Liverpool starlet Jordan Rossiter is yet to sign a new deal at Anfield, and new reports this week suggest that several clubs are keen to sign the 19-year old on a free transfer this summer.

According to a reports in Thursday edition of Italian newspaper Tutto Mercato:

"Jordan Rossiter is being watched by Udinese, and is set to leave this summer as a free agent".

This follows a Liverpool Echo report in December:

"Udinese are monitoring Rossiter’s situation closely in the knowledge they could buy him for peanuts with a view to selling him on at a later date for a tidy profit".

As of December, contract talks with Rossiter were reportedly 'continuing', but with less than two months before his contract expires, and Liverpool clearly need to get started on a new deal for the'wonderful' midfielder.

Of course, that presupposes that Klopp wants to keep Rossiter at the club. Rossiter is very highly (over)rated at Anfield, and a whole host of current and ex-Reds have praised the youngster's talent:

* When asked last season who is the 'brightest prospect at LFC's Academy', John Aldridge told the official LFC site: "I like [Jordan] * Rossiter. When he was 15 he was playing for the U18s, which is a tremendous accolade for the lad. He’s a great talent"

* Jamie Carragher is also a fan: "I like the look of him [Rossiter]. He's got a bit of character and steel that me and Stevie have had. He's not shy, will put himself about and clearly is a good footballer".

* Kolo Toure is also impressed by Rossiter, and after his debut goal, he raved: “Jordan Rossiter is a great player. I really like this boy. He scored a great goal and showed the strength of Liverpool Football Club. Every day when he comes to training he gives 100%" .

* Liverpool icon Robbie Fowler believes that Rossiter has the potential to develop into the club's new talisman: "Jordan Rossiter [is] potentially a young Stevie G. He's a very good player"

If Rossiter leaves this summer, the brutal truth (IMO) is that he will not be missed. After all, how can LFC miss a player who has barely featured in the first team? Of course, Rossiter may develop into a top class talent, but with competition in midfield increasing all the time, and without regular first-team football, he'll struggle to develop.

Does Rossiter deserve a new contract?

Author: Jaimie K


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