3 Oct 2015

Surprise Start? 'Wonderful' Liverpool starlet urges Rodgers to play him against Everton. Replace Lucas?

After another disappointing result at Anfield, there are very few positives to take into the Everton game tomorrow, but according to Liverpool legend Rob Jones, one player deserves praise for an encouraging performance against Sion.

After Thursday's 1-1 draw, Jones basically slated 13 of the 14 players who participated in the game, when he tweeted:

"The only positive for me was the work rate and mature performance from Jordan Rossiter".

Rossiter had a tidy game, and looked composed on the ball, but is he ready to be plunged into a Merseyside derby?

When asked on Friday about the possibility of taking part in the game, Rossiter - hailed by Rodgers for his 'wonderful composure' - made it clear that he hopes to play. He told LFC.com:

“I’d love to be involved. Being a Scouse lad, I know how much it means to the city and the fans. It’s going to be a massive game and we’re all looking forward to it".

Rossiter looked composed against third rate Europa League opposition, but the Premier League is a totally different story, and according to Reds icon Mark Lawrenson, the 18-year old may struggle in the rough and tumble of the Prem.

In a recent column for the Liverpool Echo, Lawro mused:

"Because of his stature, I suspect he [Rossiter] is going to have be some player to feature in the Premier League regularly. That's not his fault, though".

If by 'stature', he means Rossiter's height, then it's not really a valid concern. Rossiter is 5'10 right now, and lots of successful footballers are that height, or indeed smaller than that (including many of Liverpool's current players, including Coutinho, Firmino, Ibe, Lallana etc).

If Lawro is referring to physical build, then yes, Rossiter will probably struggle. He needs to bulk up a little, but that will inevitably come with time. He's only 18, and possibly still growing, so give it three years, and I'm sure he'll be physically stronger.

Given his legendary hubris, it'll be no surprise to me if Rodgers starts Rossiter ahead of Lucas tomorrow. That's exactly the kind of decision he'd make, and he'd do it to prove some kind of point to his many detractors.

However, after an impressive performance against Villa, Lucas deserves to start, and it'll be a travesty if Rossiter makes the cut ahead of the loyal Brazilian (who has already been passed over for the vice-captaincy role).


Author: Jaimie K


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