Liverpool’s ‘next Steven Gerrard’ realizes captain’s potential after moving to club – Liverpool FC
Meanwhile at Liverpool, Jordan Rossiter was harassed by his reputation as “the next Steven Gerrard”, but despite a disappointing exit, he is now realizing his potential.
Rossiter rose through the ranks at Kirkby after joining his childhood club at the age of six in 2003, spending 13 years with the Reds and making five first-team appearances.
There were some real highs, including a brilliant long-term goal on his senior debut against Middlesbrough, but there were also some serious lows as he battled injury and dropped the photo under Jurgen Klopp.
It can be argued that Rossiter found it hard to expect to be compared to one of the club’s greatest players, with Robbie Fowler among those calling him “young Stevie G”.
He eventually left Liverpool in 2016 to join Rangers on a free transfer, eventually playing five times under Gerrard after the legendary midfielder was appointed to Ibrox.
But fitness issues hampered his momentum and he had to rebuild himself with loans to Bury and Fleetwood Town – the latter then signed him permanently in 2020.
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Rossiter has finally established himself as a key player at Fleetwood and was confirmed as the club’s new League One captain on Thursday.
The midfielder, now 24, has long shown the qualities required to wear the captain’s armband, although he was unable to do so for Liverpool for various reasons.
There will be pride within the Reds academy when they hear about Rossiter’s promotion, with the player himself speaking of his joy.
“It was great to hear, but I don’t think it’s going to change me as a person, on or off the pitch,” he said.
“I’m just going to be the same as I always am. But it’s obviously good to see that the gaffer gave me the armband, it’s an honor to have it.
“I can’t wait to wear it this season and see where the season takes us! “
Rossiter has played 55 times for Fleetwood so far, which is comfortably the most senior appearances he has made for any club in his career, settling in a key role at Highbury.
Fleetwood starts the season with a Ligue 1 home opener against Portsmouth on Saturday.