Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers sprang a minor surprise earlier today, when he named 16-year-old Jordan Rossiter on the bench for the match against Chelsea.
Speaking earlier this month, Rodgers revealed he was planning on bringing Rossiter into the first-team fold, describing the midfielder as “an outstanding young talent”. And he has been true to his word.
So with more than a few questions surrounding the youngster, here is everything, or at least five important things, you should know about him:
1) Rossiter is a tough-tackling midfielder with an eye for a pass. Sound like anyone Liverpool fans may already know well? Perhaps it is too early to compare him with Steven Gerrard, but Robbie Fowler certainly did, tweeting his praise of the young player when he appeared in the NextGen series.
2) A product of Liverpool’s youth system, he made his debut for the under-18s in March 2012 – on his 15th birthday!
3) Fowler is not the only ex-Liverpool player who believes Rossiter is destined for big things. Jamie Carragher has also praised his former club-mate, telling Liverpool’s official website, “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.”
4) He could also be a future star for the England national team, and is taking his first steps towards that, after representing England in the Victory Shield.
5) He has captained Liverpool’s under-18 side on a number of occasions but is now becoming a more regular part of the under-21s. His first goal at that level was set up by another Reds starlet – Jordon Ibe – in November of this year.
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