17 Aug 2015

Photo Proof: 'Wonderful' academy playmaker trains with Gomez/Ings. Surprise debut against Bournemouth?

In September 2014, Liverpool starlet Jordan Rossiter scored on his competitive debut for the club, prompting Reds boss Brendan Rodgers - in typical hyperbolic fashion - to describe his performance as 'wonderful'. Rossiter failed to make any further appearances, but after recovering from an ankle ligament injury sustained in February, the 17-year old is back in first-team training this week, which opens up the possibility that he may make the first team squad for Monday's Premier League clash with Bournemouth.

As the following picture shows, Rossiter trained with the first-team squad on Saturday, which suggest that he could be in line for a place on the bench against Bournemouth

Rossiter is very highly 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%. When you play with young players like that you enjoy it."

With Steven Gerrard now gone, the stage is set for another local player from the youth system to step-up, and Liverpool icon Robbie Fowler believes the youngster has the potential to develop into the club's new talisman. Last year, he tweeted:

"A young lad is just about to come on for a few mins for Liverpool - Jordan Rossiter. Big shout, but potentially a young Stevie G. He's a very good player"

Unfortunately, it's highly unlikely that Rossiter will play any part in Monday's game, and to be honest, I don't see how he'll get any regular game time this season.

Rossiter has Milner, Henderson, Lucas, Allen, and Can ahead of him in the pecking order, plus, potentially, another central midfielder if Rodgers signs Illarramendi or Kovacic.



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