Ex- Liverpool youngster Jordan Rossiter has opened up on the comparisons labelling him the 'next Steven Gerrard ' when he was breaking through to the first team from the club's academy.
Born in Liverpool, Rossiter had been on the books of his hometown club from the age of six, and captained their youth sides before making his senior debut as a 17-year-old in 2014.
Coming through the ranks the midfielder was likened with Reds hero Gerrard by legends such as Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler due to his similar background and playing style.
However after being handed an opportunity under Brendan Rodgers, Rossiter went on to make just five appearances for the club, before leaving for Rangers in 2016.
But reflecting on his time at Anfield to The Athletic, Rossiter insists he felt no added pressure from the high expectations placed on him.
“No, I never saw it like that,” he said. "For legends of the club to say positive things about me was great to hear. It showed that they rated me highly but I never felt under any extra pressure or anything like.
"I never got carried away by it either. I was just thinking, ‘Next Steven Gerrard? If I have 10 per cent of the career Steven Gerrard has had then I will have had a great career’."
Sadly for Rossiter, that fairytale was swiftly ended.
As far as bad luck stories go, the now-23-year-old has had his fair share.
Shortly after breaking into first-team contention with Rodgers, Liverpool then sacked their manager.
Jurgen Klopp replaced the northern Irishman, and was equally willing to offer young players like Rossiter a chance.
But a hamstring injury sustained on duty with the England youth team kept him out for six weeks at the start of Klopp's reign, getting him off to the worst possible start.
Under Rodgers, Rossiter had been training with the likes of Gerrard, Philippe Coutinho and the "phenomenal" Luis Suarez.
Whilst two of those stars had moved on by the time of Klopp's arrival, there were still plenty of big-name players Rossiter would have to dislodge to earn a first-team spot.
He admitted to learning a lot from the likes of Jordan Henderson and James Milner, and credits academy director Alex Inglethorpe for playing a huge role in his development.
But as his contract at Liverpool came to an end, Rossiter knew his chances of a successful career were better off served elsewhere.
"You’ve got to be honest with yourself," he said. "I was training under Klopp, but not really making an impact.
"The reality was that I wasn’t going to be good enough to play every week at a huge club like Liverpool. Look at the names I was up against. The bar was set so high.
"We’re talking top pros. There’s no point kidding yourself. They were on a different level. I knew I needed to drop down a level or two. I thought I’d have a better chance of playing regularly at Rangers."
Rossiter has since been joined at Ibrox by Gers boss Gerrard, but has barely featured under him as he has fulfilled two loan spells at Bury and Fleetwood Town respectively.
His time in Scotland has been hampered by injuries, meaning he has managed just 16 appearances for Rangers in total, and is set to leave the club in the coming months as his contract again comes to an end.
Yet Rossiter has not given up on achieving his dream.
“There’s no reason why I can’t get back to the Premier League," he added. "If managers like Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp saw something in me, the talent must be there. I just need to show it on a regular basis."
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