Multiple Liverpool coaches were convinced Rangers midfielder Jordan Rossiter could be a world beater, Football Insider understands.
The central midfielder, 22, is expected to leave Ibrox this summer when his contract expires after making little impact and spending this season out on loan at Fleetwood Town.
It is a far cry from the buzz that surrounded him in his mid-teens when Liverpool’s senior and academy coaches regarded him as not only the best in his age group at the club but across the whole country.
Liverpool sources have told Football Insider that Rossiter was regarded as highly aged 15-17 as Trent Alexander-Arnold was just a few years later.
He played for England at all the age-group levels up to Under-19, the age at which he was capped 10 times.
Coaches felt he had the right combination of attitude, work ethic and technical quality to thrive in central midfield at Champions League level.
Handed his Liverpool debut against Middlesbrough in the League Cup by Brendan Rodgers at the age of 17, Rossiter scored in a tie won on penalties.
It was to prove the highlight of his career so far, as he added only four more senior appearances before injuries started to take their toll.
Rossiter joined Rangers in 2016 at the age of 19 when former manager Mark Warburton brought him in on a free transfer.
It was a deal that was hailed as a huge coup at the time and the Light Blues handed him a four-year contract worth around £10,000-a-week.
That was a substantial sum at the time as the club had just been promoted back to the SPL and their revenues were a long way short of where they are now.
Rossiter has failed to live up to expectations, partly due to a series of serious injuries.
He made just 16 appearances across his first two-and-half years at the club, including just five under his former Liverpool colleague Steven Gerrard.
Rangers loaned Rossiter to English League Two outfit Bury for the second half of last season before heading to Joey Barton’s Fleetwood in this campaign.
He played regularly in the opening months of this season and racked up 15 league starts among 19 appearances.
But, in what has become a sad theme of his career, Rossiter has not played since November due to a serious knee injury.
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