Kolo Toure praises the performances of Jordans Rossiter and Williams

The young midfielders were two positives to come out of Liverpool's cup triumph over Middlesbrough.

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has been singing the praises of Jordan Rossiter after the 17-year-old marked his first team debut on Tuesday night in the League Cup with a goal.

It took less than ten minutes for Rossiter to open the scoring for the Reds against Middlesbrough in a game that will be remembered for the marathon penalty shoot-out, which Liverpool won 14-13 after the game finished 2-2 following extra time.

Toure told the Liverpool Echo: “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."

The experienced centre-back was also full of praise for another young midfielder in Jordan Williams who replaced Rossiter late on in the context, and was confident enough to step up and score a penalty in the shootout - and like Rossiter, looked composed on the ball in the middle of the park.

Toure added: “Lots of young players out there don’t love football and they don’t work hard. But with the boys we have here it’s amazing.

“Jordan Williams also did really well when he came on. Both Jordans work hard and I wasn’t surprised by how well they did.”

Given the injury worries Liverpool have in the midfield ahead of Saturday's Merseyside derby, it isn't completely out of the question that one of Rossiter or Williams will be part of the matchday squad ahead of the game against Everton.

Steven Gerrard is certain to come back into the side this weekend, and manager Brendan Rodgers will be hoping Jordan Henderson is fit enough to play a part after a hip injury.

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