Liverpool’s academy director Alex Inglethorpe has been speaking about young midfielder Jordan Rossiter in comments published by the club’s official website.
The 17-year-old recently suffered an ankle injury that required surgery, and while he will now be out for a spell, his director has praised his character at this difficult time.
Rossiter made his debut for Liverpool’s senior side earlier this season, not only featuring in the Capital One Cup clash with Middlesbrough but also scoring against the Championship side.
That match ended 2-2 after extra-time, with Liverpool ultimately going through after an intense penalty shoot-out finished 14-13 to the Reds.
That remains Rossiter’s only first-team outing to date, although he has made the bench since, but now his focus will solely be on recovering from his injury setback.
“His character is outstanding and he has got one of the best mentalities I have ever worked with,” Inglethorpe said.
“I know it’s difficult for him at the moment but he will come back stronger than ever.”
Liverpool have a number of promising young players coming through their ranks, and Rossiter has seen that if you are good enough you are old enough, with Jordon Ibe the latest to be thrown in at the deep end at Anfield with impressive results.
In time, Rossiter should add plenty more appearances to the one he enjoyed last year, especially if his mentality is as impressive as Inglethorpe claims.