Sterling comments on Rossiter's Liverpool debut

Raheem Sterling says he was impressed by the debut that Liverpool's Jordan Rossiter made on Tuesday night.

Raheem Sterling says that he was impressed by the display that 17-year-old Jordan Rossiter put in during his Liverpool debut on Tuesday night.

The central-midfielder has emerged as a bright prospect in the youth-levels for the Reds and he was trusted by Brendan Rodgers to be able to make the step-up to the first team in Liverpool's League Cup match against Middlesbrough in midweek.

In the game, Rossiter wasted little time making an impact as he scored on his first senior appearance, but it was his general performance that impressed Sterling the most. 

"Jordan [Rossiter] did really well and got the first goal," Sterling said to the club's official site. "I thought his passing was really good - I didn't see him give a bad pass in the whole time he was on the pitch."

Rossiter helped Liverpool through to the next round, although the club would have been hoping to get past the Championship side in easier circumstances than they eventually did.

Middlesbrough managed to take Brendan Rodgers' men all the way to penalties, but could not complete the upset as they came up just short.

The Capital One Cup may not be one of the Reds' main priorities this season, but the win on Tuesday night was of major importance due to the start the side have made.

Liverpool have struggled to live up to expectations so far this campaign and they needed to appease some concerns by avoiding defeat against 'Boro. 

They owed the fact that they did manage to get past the lower division side largely to Rossiter, too.

The youngster put in a man-of-the-match display in the game and he will now be hoping to build on that performance.

Whether he will be included in the squad this weekend for the Merseyside derby remains to be seen, but Rodgers will know that he will have to start giving Rossiter opportunities soon to allow him to fulfil his potential.

The praise from Sterling should also be a major boost for the starlet, as he is a man who he will be trying to emulate.

Sterling is only 19 himself, but has made a major impact at the top level and now is an established member of Liverpool's first team squad. 

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