Liverpool's Jordan Rossiter comments on prospect of being involved in Merseyside derby

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Rossiter is currently on the fringes of the first team, but if Liverpool are to have any local influence on derby day, it's likely to be from the teenager.

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Rossiter has said that he would love to be involved in Sunday lunchtime's Merseyside derby

The Reds will be going into the derby without a local player in the starting XI for the first time since 1986, unless Rossiter is handed a surprise berth at Goodison Park.

The teenager told the official club website: “I’d love to be involved. Being a Scouse lad, I know how much it means to the city and the fans, but all the other lads do too and we just can’t wait for it.

“It’s going to be a massive game and we’re all looking forward to it. We’ve had a good record there [at Goodison] in the derbies over the last few years and hopefully we can carry that on.”

Rossiter is on the fringes of the Liverpool side at the moment. Having made a goalscoring debut last season, this term he has made three appearances - two from the start in the Europa League, including Thursday night's 1-1 draw with Sion, where he completed 90 minutes. 

As a result, it's hard to envisage him playing from the start at Goodison, but Brendan Rodgers has shown faith in him earlier on in the season when he was used as a late substitute in the 0-0 draw against Arsenal, so it may be a role he could be used in if the Reds are leading the game and trying to see things out. 

Rossiter may have grown up as an Everton fan, but those players that end up going on to play for Liverpool tend to have good derby records - one only has to look at the likes of Robbie Fowler and Jamie Carragher to see the success they had on derby days.

It would be a big call if he is to be involved on Sunday, purely because he's inexperienced, but he would certainly know what the fixture means. 

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