It’s been a season full of fresh faces for Liverpool as Brendan Rodgers has been forced to introduce some teenagers to his first team, as he’s literally not had any other choice.
We’ve seen Raheem Sterling and Suso come into the side and do very well and Jordon Ibe got his Premier League debut in the final game of the season against Queens Park Rangers.
However, according to the outgoing Jamie Carragher, it’s another teenager the fans should be getting excited about; 16-year-old Jordan Rossiter.
The England Under-16 midfielder has had such an impression at the club, that Rodgers has already allowed him to start training with the first team which is something Carragher believes will set him up to have a big impact in the near future.
“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 U18s, which is a tremendous accolade for the lad. He’s a great talent,” Carragher told the Liverpool website.
So what exactly can Liverpool fans expect next season? Well not too much of an immediate impact because his age will stop him from getting into the first team.
It’s important to remember that physically he’ll be underdeveloped and his age also makes him a target or a potential weakness in Liverpool’s first team which the opposition will focus.
If he continues to train well and turn heads for the youth teams at the club, then he could find himself in the running for an appearance in a lower profile match for the club.
Rodgers is very shrewd and won’t want to subject him to the pressure and responsibility of playing for Liverpool on the biggest stage until he’s absolutely ready to do so.
That means a League Cup appearance could be on the cards or he could get off the subs bench in a domestic cup game or away in the Europa League if Liverpool qualify and progress comfortably, with pre-season opportunities also on the cards.
Steven Gerrard is the benchmark against which all future Liverpool midfielders are going to be compared to, and so far Rossiter appears to be doing well.
The signs are good because Carragher witnessed Gerrard’s progression at the club first hand, so if he’s saying the club should keep an eye on Rossiter because he’s following the same sort of pattern then that’s only going to mean big things for the Anfield faithful.
The job for Rodgers is to wrap him up in cotton wool and ensure that no other club has the chance to poach him away before he signs a full time professional deal at Liverpool.
Do you trust Carragher’s comments? Is it too much of a gamble to play him next season considering his age?
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