Aloisi challenges Brattan to fulfil his potential

Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi believes Luke Brattan can take his game to next level after the holding midfielder’s standout performance against EPL giants Liverpool last week.

The Merseysiders won the match 2-1 at Suncorp stadium with Reds boss, Brendan Rodgers, singling out Brattan for special mention.

"The controlling player, 18, sat in and controlled the game and gave us a wee bit of a problem in the first half in terms of when to press them and when not," Rodgers said.

But Aloisi says the former youth international has yet to realise his full potential, setting up a potentially mouth-watering 2015-16 campaign for the 25-year-old.

"We all know he's a top player, the passing range he's got,” Aloisi told Roar’s website. “Can he improve? Yes, I think he can still.

"He can control a football game. We've seen it in the past and this season he'll be another important player for us."

Brattan had the highest number of completed passes per game (55.3) in last season's A-League and Aloisi has urged the midfielder to position himself higher up the pitch than he has in recent seasons.

"My game is never perfect and I've got a lot of things to work on and happy that the boss thinks that," Brattan said.

"It is early days, I've got to get fitter . . . that's a big part of what I got to work on along with my defensive work.

"I always enjoy playing higher up the field but I still have got to concentrate on doing my job defensively."

A strong season would certainly see him in the frame for the Socceroos’ World Cup qualifiers.

The English-born player was named in coach Ange Postecoglou’s preliminary squad for the AFC Asian Cup, but he missed the final cut.

"Every player that plays in the A-League wants to play for the Socceroos. Hopefully I can play for them one day," Brattan said.