Liverpool youngster Rossiter still has a few weeks out of action.
Speaking to the Guardian, Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp has admitted that it is unlikely Jordan Rossiter will be ready to play again before the international break, having been overused by England’s Under-19 side.
Klopp said: “Rossiter is a special story. I never heard of an 18-year-old playing three games in five days. That is the problem why he is injured and I don’t think he will be ready until the next international break. These young players are our future. If we handle them like horses we get horses.”
Klopp had harsh words to say about the FA following the news of Roster’s injury, having seen him play three 90 minute games in five days for the England Under-19 side.
He returned to Merseyside with a hamstring injury, and the 18-year-old is set to be out of action until the next international break, which is a loss for both Klopp and the youngster as it appeared he was making great strides this season into the first-team set-up.
Klopp is renowned as a coach who works hard with youth players and is a big fan of bringing academy players into his first-team squad, and Rossiter looked to be one of the real beneficiaries of his appointment.
However, he will be behind his teammates in working with the new head coach, and will be playing catch up as the season progresses to try and break into the side.
Klopp has a strong record with youth development in his managerial career, and the FA would be wise to listen to the German coach if they want to ensure their best youth players are not destroyed before they have had a chance to reach their potential.