Liverpool’s Jordan Rossiter has expressed his eagerness to repay the faith showed in him by manager Brendan Rodgers after he was handed his Premier League debut.
The youngster came on with a quarter of an hour to play replacing Lucas Leiva in midfield. It was only his second senior appearance for the club following his debut against Middlesbrough in which he became the second youngest player to score in a Liverpool shirt.
The 18-year old had a 100% pass accuracy during his time on the pitch and had the maturity to not break the midfield line and run at Santi Cazorla when he had the ball deep in midfield. The key to Liverpool’s defensive surety against Arsenal was the organisation across the field and the introduction of the academy graduate seemed likely to destabilize that.
A call-up was earned by Jordan Henderson picking up a foot injury against Bournemouth last week. That being said the manner in which Rossiter was called up is irrelevant as he has been tipped for great things since his arrival at the club at the age of 6. Personally I don’t think it looks like he has aged a bit but that’s just me.
“It was a great experience for me,” Rossiter told the Liverpool Echo smiling from ear to ear.
“To make my Premier League debut at the Emirates in front of 60,000, I’m over the moon and I can’t believe it. I didn’t expect it.
“I found out on Sunday that I was in the squad to travel down to London and then about three hours before kick-off I was told at the team meeting that I was on the bench.
“The gaffer called me over with half an hour to go and told me to warm up because there was a chance I’d be coming on.
“There were a few nerves but I was excited too. I just tried to concentrate on doing my best for the team. In the end it was a great point for us.”
He was explicit of his praise of Brendan Rodgers and his willingness to give youngsters a go in the side if they work hard enough and prove themselves.
“I knew I had to be patient,” Rossiter added.
“This is Liverpool Football Club with brilliant players competing for every position.
“But we all know that with Brendan if you are good enough you will get chances because of the faith he shows in young players.
“He’s done that throughout his time at the club and that gives all the young lads like myself real hope.
“I’ve still got a lot to learn but I’ll need working hard and trying to improve and hopefully my chance comes again.”
Jordan Rossiter, who suffered a serious injury last season, looks set to fight and work hard to stay in Brendan Rodgers’ plans even when both Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen return from injury. The academy graduate still has many years ahead of him so he doesn’t need to worry about breaking into the team as of yet but he will be well pleased with his Premier :League debut.