Jordan Rossiter: the tale of another Liverpool hopeful chewed up and spat out by the Premier League
Expectations were understandably high for the Liverpool-born midfielder who was handed a first-team squad number (the illustrious 46) a few months before his 17th birthday in the second season youth-friendly boss Brendan Rodgers ruled the roost, yet his career sadly never really hit the heights many were expecting.
It was genuinely impressive the speed in which Jordan Rossiter rose through the ranks of Liverpool’s youth system. By the time he had reached 15 he was already a fully fledged prospect, having turned out for the under-18s on the day of his birthday – and impressed to no end with his remarkable calmness on the ball and unrivalled intensity off it.
Now, anyone who can remember that far back may recall their own experience of football midway through their teens as nothing more than kicking a football at their mate’s backside stood against a brick wall. At least, that’s what we all remember.
Yet here was Rossiter, donning the red shirt of Liverpool and drawing mummers of the ‘next Gerrard’ – not having a worn out Jo’bulani volleyed at them.
After drawing praise from Carragher and Fowler, both of whom considered him the second-coming of their former teammate Gerrard, the midfielder signed his first professional contract with Liverpool on his 17th birthday in 2014 – completing what should have been a dream journey through the club’s system into stardom.
But as we all know, fairy-tales don’t often come true in the Premier League, otherwise we’d be cheering on Paul Johnson, 18, from Stockport (made up) not Juan Pablo Fernandez, 18, (also made up) from the exotic realms of South America.
Indeed, it all came crashing down when a nasty hamstring injury struck and before Rossiter could protest “but, I’m the next Gerrard!” he was hobbling his way to Rangers at the end of his Liverpool contract in 2016 , the club clearly unwilling to give him a chance.
While Rossiter has impressed over the years at Ibrox, featuring in their 2017/18 Europa League qualifiers, and scoring in the club’s 5-5 thriller with Hibernian, injury has made it nigh on impossible to hold a permanent place down. And as a result, Gerrard (the real one) saw fit to send him out on loan – League Two side Bury the beneficiaries.
In all fairness, Rossiter has been in fine form for the Shakers this term, guiding them towards League Two promotion, and even netting his first goal for the club on the final day of the season. So maybe he will get his chance to shine next season.
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