Jordan Rossiter joined an impressive list of Liverpool legends on Tuesday night when he scored on his debut for the club.
The third round of the Capital One cup was a nervy and disappointing game for Liverpool fans even though they managed to scrape through on penalties. The game ended 2-2 and it took 30 spot kicks to decide a winner.
Liverpool will be happy to just get through to the next round of the cup but the performance will disappoint fans, as they should have finished the game off on numerous occasions.
However, the Liverpool faithful will be pleased with one moment from the game as 17-year-old Jordan Rossiter made his debut and then scored the opening goal within the first ten minutes. Rossiter who has been included in the Liverpool squad in recent times but never made a competitive appearance, was a surprise inclusion in the starting line-up for the Reds.
The youngster didn’t take long to impress the Liverpool supporters and he joins an impressive list of former and current Anfield stars that have also scored on their debuts.
Rossiter opened his Liverpool account in his first appearance in the Capital One cup game against Middlesbrough and even though he is still only 17 years of age, it didn’t come as much of a surprise to the people around the club that he managed to impress on his debut. The youngster has impressed many an Anfield legend during his rise through the Liverpool Academy.
During his appearance in an U-19 NextGen game when he was just 15, the young midfielder impressed Robbie Fowler as he later tweeted, “Jordan Rossiter, big shout but potentially a young Stevie G”.
The midfielder then went on to impress former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher who said of Rossiter, “”He’s got a bit of character and steel that me and Stevie have had. He’s a great talent”.
Rossiter shone for the U-19s and gained a place in the U-21s last season at the tender age of 16 which led to him being named Liverpool Academy Player of the Season. The youngster is an all rounded talent as he is a great passer, an intelligent mover as well as a creative playmaker.
Watch out for Rossiter in the Liverpool squad in the coming seasons as often debut goals has led to great careers for Liverpool players.
Other Liverpool Goalscoring Debutants
Fowler is another Liverpool Academy product that managed to score on his debut and went on to have a magnificent career at Anfield which led to Liverpool supporters giving him the nickname “God”.
Fowler stepped out for Liverpool in a cup game and just like Rossiter he had a scoring first-team debut in Liverpool’s 3–1 win in a first round League Cup tie against Fulham on 22nd September 1993. It didn’t take Fowler too long to cement his place in the team and he scored 12 times in his first 13 games for the Reds.
Fowler went on to score 183 times in 369 appearances during his two stints at Anfield and also managed to win an FA Cup, a League Cup, a UEFA Cup, a Super Cup and a Community Shield all in one year in 2001 with Liverpool.
Owen also worked his way up through the ranks at Liverpool before making his Liverpool debut as a substitute during a game against Wimbledon on the 6th of May 1997. It wasn’t a winning debut for Owen and Liverpool but Owen managed to get himself on the score sheet by scoring Liverpool’s only goal of the game.
The game resulted in Liverpool exiting the title race but Owen went on to enjoy plenty of moments in a Liverpool shirt. He scored 158 times in 297 Liverpool appearances including two late strikes in the 2001 FA Cup final which helped Liverpool lift the trophy.
Owen also won 2 League Cups, a UEFA Cup, a Super Cup and a Charity Shield and earned plenty of individual awards such as a Ballon d’Or in 2001, PFA Young Player of the Year in 1998 and two Premier League Golden Boots.
Owen isn’t held in such high regard by Liverpool fans anymore as he left the club for Real Madrid in 2004 and later played for bitter rivals Manchester United, where he won a Premier League title.
Kennedy signed for Liverpool on the 12th of July 1974 for £180,000 from Arsenal. The striker had a proven record at Arsenal, scoring 71 times in 212 games for his former club.
Kennedy made his Liverpool debut on the 31st of August 1974 and got off to a great start as he scored the opening goal in a 3-0 away win against Chelsea. He enjoyed a great seven years at Anfield in which he scored 72 goals in 393 appearances while also lifting five league titles, three European Cups, a UEFA Cup and a League Cup.
Ray Kennedy’s finest moment in a Liverpool shirt came in the European Cup semi-final in 1981 as he scored a late goal in the away leg to Bayern Munich to put Liverpool through to another European final.
Irishman Whelan signed for Liverpool in 1979 for £35,000 and became an important member of the Liverpool squad after his arrival. Whelan made his debut in a 3-0 win in 1981 against Stoke City at Anfield and it took him just 27 minutes to score the opening goal of the game.
Whelan went on to make 493 appearances for the Anfield club and scored 73 times for the club. As well as this, Whelan won 6 league titles, 2 FA Cups, 3 League Cups and 1 European Cup.
Whelan became known for scoring important goals in crucial games and former Kop boss Bob Paisley once said:
“When those special matches come round and there are medals to be won and the pundits are asking whether the match winner will be Rushy or Kenny or Brucie, I look past them all towards Ronnie Whelan and think to myself there’s our man for the big occasion.”
Daniel Sturridge played for other English clubs such as Manchester City, Chelsea and even a loan spell at Bolton but never seemed to be able to gain consistency. This led to him heading for the exit door at Stamford Bridge in January 2013 and Liverpool signed the England international for £12m.
The striker made his debut in an FA Cup game against Mansfield Town on the 6th of January 2013 and had an instant impact as he netted after just 7 minutes. The striker then went on to score in his first three games for his new club which hadn’t been done at Liverpool since Ray Kennedy in 1974.
The striker has gone on to prove his doubters wrong as he has become a key member of the current Liverpool squad which resulted in him scoring an impressive 22 league goals in the 2013/14 season. Sturridge has so far scored 36 times in 52 appearances for Liverpool and will be hoping to add to that statistic for many seasons to come.
Let’s hope Tuesday night was just the beginning for Jordan Rossiter.
Sarah Fitzpatrick, Pundit Arena.