Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes Jordan Rossiter still has what it takes to make it at a higher level.
Rossiter, 23, now plies his trade with Fleetwood Town in League One – a far cry from nights at Anfield as a teenager.
The scouser joined his hometown side when he was just six and was prospered through the age levels.
His first debut came in 2014 at just 17 as Liverpool progressed through the third round of the League Cup against Middlesbrough, and a long range goal capped off an incredible debut.
Speaking recently with ‘The Football Journeys podcast’ Carragher said: “I liked when he first came in and I thought he had a real chance (of progressing with the first team).
“I know how good it is (coming through the ranks) and how tough it can be as well as you need that support as Liverpool is a very passionate city about football and there’s a lot of ups and downs.”
He added: “I did feel he’d have more of an impact at Liverpool than what he did.
“Sadly for him he had a lot of injuries problems as well but here’s definitely a good player still in there.”
At the time he became Liverpool’s second youngest ever goal scorer behind Michael Owen; a record now held by Ben Woodburn at 17 years and 45 days.
Fast forward six years and Rossiter’s career has been plagued by injuries.
Four substitute appearances for Liverpool did follow on from his magical debut, though he departed to Rangers in the summer of 2016.
Football can be a scathing business and this is something Wolves captain and former Liverpool youth product Connor Coady is fully aware of.
Coady first played with Rossiter in the U19s and the latter made the jump to the older age group at just 15 years of age.
On reflection of his time playing with the midfielder Coady said: “It was a crazy jump (for Jordan) to be honest with you.
“I think for every player that’s been there (Liverpool) as a kid and then comes away, when you see someone do well there it’s incredible.”
Rossiter now enjoys the mentorship of Joey Barton at Fleetwood – a Merseyside lad himself that knows how to make the grade at England’s top level.
After over a year out collectively with injuries, at 23 Rossiter still has a promising career ahead of him.