Liverpool youth prospect Jordan Rossiter is set to be ruled out until the New Year, further adding to the Merseyside club's lengthy injury list.
The 18-year-old hadn’t played under Jurgen Klopp since his previous hamstring injury picked up in an England U19’s game back in October. The midfielder did return to action in Liverpool’s 0-0 draw with FC Sion on December 10 but having played only 13 minutes, the midfielder sustained a reoccurrence of the hamstring strain which had kept him out previously.
Rossiter has only played five games for the Liverpool first team, netting one goal in that time but already in those appearances he has shown the Anfield crowd what he is capable of. Former Reds manager Brendan Rodgers gave Rossiter a chance to shine in the first team this season by featuring him in four of their opening matches. However, by the time Klopp arrived at Anfield, the midfielder could only afford to watch from the stands.
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Rossiter is likely to spend the entire festive period on the treatment table and could also miss Liverpool's FA Cup tie with Exeter which potentially could have seen him get some vital playing time. With the midfielder's current absence, Klopp may be forced to dip into his budget for the upcoming January transfer window in order to compensate.
As he continues to try and break into the first team, the teenager should be worried about his limited playing time due to these persistent injuries. An ongoing issue at Melwood is that Liverpool seem to be rushing players back from injury far too early.
Both Daniel Sturridge and Jon Flanagan have suffered further set-backs in recent weeks after returning from injury earlier than expected. The medical staff must be aware of this matter and if so, changes need to be made if the Reds want a top four finish.
It seems that a new injury crisis is being reported over in Merseyside every week and after Rossiter's latest setback, the Anfield faithful can only hope that he is the last to visit the treatment table before the New Year.
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