Jordan Rossiter describes Steven Gerrard comparisons as 'big compliment'

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It took Rossiter less than 10 minutes to register his first goal for the Reds on his full debut against Middlesbrough last month.

Young Liverpool midfielder Jordan Rossiter may have the pressure of following in Steven Gerrard's footsteps after making his debut for the Reds in the third round League Cup tie against Middlesbrough.

A local boy who scored within 10 minutes of his debut, the 17-year-old has been tipped for big things, and with Gerrard coming towards the end of his career, all eyes will turn to their next local hopeful - and Rossiter may be just that according to Robbie Fowler

Rossiter told the Liverpool Echo: “It was great to hear from that such a legend as Robbie and a big compliment.

“But I know myself that if I go on to have half or even just a bit of the career Stevie’s had, I’ll have had a great career in football.

“I’m a local lad and being a Scouser it means more to me to make it to the first team. But I know not to get carried away with it. There are lots of other good players here.

“Just because I’m a Scouser doesn’t give me a free pass to the first-team. If I am going to establish myself then I’m going to have to earn it.”

Rossiter was included in the squad for the 2-1 win over Swansea City in the last 16, but remained on the bench as the Reds mounted a dramatic, late comeback. 

After his goal against Middlesbrough, Rossiter had to report for training with those at the academy the next morning, therefore leaving him no time to celebrate.

He added: “After the game I just went straight home and went to bed.

“It was getting late and I was back at the Academy training the following morning. There was no time to bask in it and I think it’s better that way. I didn’t even watch the game back until three or four days after.

“All the staff at the Academy were made up for me. I also got loads of texts off former coaches who have helped me along the way."

It is easy to get carried away when youngsters show promise at a high level, but Rossiter has been talked about as the next local hero at Liverpool. Jamie Carragher tipped him to break into the first team, and Reds' fans have had a first hand look at what Rossiter can produce.

Though he has a long way to go, he seems fairly level-headed, and his progress which will be watched closely by everybody in the near future.

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