Jordan Rossiter on learning from two Liverpool teammates

Rossiter has been commenting on learning from Lucas Leiva and James Milner, as well as showing admiration for former Liverpool star Xabi Alonso.

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Rossiter has been talking to the Liverpool Echo about learning from other members of the squad, as he prepares for a possible start in tonight's Europa League opener in Bordeaux.

The academy product, who scored on his debut for the Reds in a League Cup tie against Middlesbrough last season, is gaining more senior experience this season, having already made a substitute appearance for the Reds in the 0-0 draw against Arsenal last month. 

Rossiter has said that learning from the likes of James Milner and Lucas Leiva is going to be part of his development. 

He said in the Echo: "They both help me a lot and just training alongside them helps my development.

“I look at how Lucas breaks up play and the commitment he shows every day in training. He’s been playing for Liverpool for the past eight years and that’s some achievement. Hopefully I’ll get the chance to play alongside him going forward.

“As for James, he’s been playing at the highest level for over a decade. He’s won Premier League titles.

“He has already helped me a lot since he joined the club this summer. He’s a great lad and I see how hard he works to be the best he can be.

“The standards set by the likes of Lucas and James are where I need to get to. There’s so much for me to learn from players like that.”

There is certainly an appetite among the supporters for a local lad to progress through to the first team from the academy. Rossiter got his career off to the perfect start last year with his goal, but there is still a long way to go before judgement can be passed on whether or not he'll be able to make it at Liverpool.

Despite Liverpool's disappointment in the Premier League and Champions League last season, it could be a blessing for the likes of the 18-year-old who are going to get some playing time under their belts.

In terms of the players he's learned from, Rossiter also admitted that he is a fan of Xabi Alonso - and if he ends developing half the passing range the current Bayern Munich midfielder has, then he will be a handy midfielder. Rossiter has shown at youth level that he's comfortable with both feet and likes to pull the strings in midfield.

If he can also take the best from Milner's game - energy with some added creativity - along with the way Lucas Leiva can break up the game, then there is going to be a tough-tackling, pressing midfielder capable of sitting in a deep-lying role.

There is a feeling that Rossiter can develop into a very good player for the Reds, and given the lack of local talent currently getting regular games on Merseyside, it will be welcome for the club and their supporters. 

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