Gary McAllister praises Liverpool's local boy Jordan Rossiter

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Liverpool coach Gary McAllister has praised Jordan Rossiter and admits he's a "big fan" of the 18-year-old.

Rossiter has been with the Reds since the age of six and graduated from Liverpool's academy in the suburb of Kirkby.

He made his first appearance for Brendan Rodgers' side last season in the penalty shoot-out victory in the third round of the Capital One Cup against Middlesbrough and marked his debut with a goal.


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With Rossiter expected to be used more frequently this season, many fans are excited of the prospect of having a locally born player in the Liverpool team and McAllister agrees with the masses.

"I'm a big fan," the Scot told the Liverpool Echo. "It’s always important that the fans here have a local lad to have that association with. He was excellent in the game last week.

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“He’s tenacious and one who wants to listen and learn. Every day he’s on the training ground working on things. It’s encouraging and all the coaching staff are happy with him.

“I also see it as a big boost for the Academy. All big city clubs want to get locals into the first team. Jordan’s progress bodes well for everyone down at the Academy.”

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Following his debut against Middlesbrough, Rossiter had to wait almost twelve months for his next call-up by Rodgers. The Everton Valley native did, however, suffer an ankle injury midway through the season playing for the Under-21's which did halt his progress somewhat.

Rossiter made his second appearance for the first-team as a substitute away against Arsenal last month. Coming on when Liverpool were on the back foot, the teenager brought a significant amount of work-rate to the match and helped thwart Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.

Rossiter started in the Reds' Europa League match against Bordeaux in France last week. Following a dismal 3-1 league loss to Manchester United, Rossiter showed passion and energy that was significantly missed against the Reds Devils and ensured Liverpool travelled back to Merseyside with a valuable point away from home in Europe.

However, he had to settle for a place on the bench for Liverpool's Capital One Cup third round tie with Carlisle United.

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