Jordan Rossiter discusses his future in a ‘question and answer’ session…
Liverpool midfielder Jordan Rossiter is one of the most exciting prospects to emerge from the Reds’ academy in recent years, with the 17-year-old have starred on his debut against Middlesbrough in the Capital One Cup.
The 17-year-old prospect is yet to make his Premier League bow, but has featured in several match-day squads. It seems only a matter of time before the youngster gets his chance to shine on a bigger stage.
Rossiter recently discussed his future in a ‘question and answer’ session with Bleacher Report – here’s what he had to say:
Rossiter on Middlesborough
I got told the night before training with the first team at a team meeting that I was going to be starting. I can’t describe it, I couldn’t believe it.
To make my debut was a dream come true but to score…I’d never even thought about it. I just wanted to have a good game and show everyone what I could do. When I scored it was a bonus.
Rossiter on training with the first team
I think it is always going to be tough. I don’t think you can ever come to terms with it fully. It was tough at first because of the pace of the game is different to the Academy. But everyone at Melwood helps you and gets you through it.
Rossiter on missing out on selection
It’s never been an issue. I love playing football whether it’s for the first team, 21s or 18s. I keep myself focused on progression the most. It’s always up to yourself how much you want to progress, no one can force you into it. You have to make yourself better and do it yourself. It doesn’t matter whether the first team is doing well or not as to whether you get a chance. As a young player you just have to keep improving and hopefully you get it.
Rossiter on his key influences
I have a good relationship with them all. When I’m training at Melwood, I speak to them all and they speak to me. They make you feel like you train there every day. I’m closest to Jon Flanagan.
Rossiter on first catching the eye of Liverpool
I was in a PE lesson at school and some of the club’s coaches were there watching. My teacher at the time, Terry Cotton, put me forward to go into the soccer school. I was 6 years old. Phil Roscoe helped me loads when I was younger. David Rowe, Gary Lewis…they pushed me forward and pushed me on.
Rossiter on Brendan Rodgers
Every time we go over to Melwood he comes over to us and speaks to us before and after training so it’s good. Just before I made my debut he said to me enjoy it, just go and show everyone what you can do because he believed in me.