"Exceptional" Liverpool talent primed for big future, can replace Salah & Mane in 2022 – opinion
Harvey Elliott has been impressing at Blackburn Rovers since joining on loan from Liverpool in the recent summer transfer window, to the extent where he could be considered ready for the Reds’ first-team next season.
Elliott joined Liverpool from Fulham in 2019 and he has already made as many as nine appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s first team, suggesting that the German manager has very high hopes for the youngster.
The ‘wonderkid’ is showing himself to be immensely talented, as to contribute to four goals in six appearances in the Championship with a new club suggests to us that it won’t be long at all until he is pushing for a starting spot in Klopp’s side.
Of course, Liverpool have world-class talent on their wings, in Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane but with both of those players set to play in the African Cup of Nations in January 2022, perhaps Elliott could be the man to fill in in their absence.
Back-up winger Xherdan Shaqiri has also been linked with a move away from Anfield in recent times, so if he leaves in January or the summer, perhaps we could see Elliott promoted to one of Klopp’s main back-up options.
The 17-year-old was praised by Klopp after Liverpool beat Arsenal on penalties in the League Cup last season, with the German manager saying:
“It’s easy to be convinced about him when you see him training, he is an exceptional talent, absolutely, and he’s a nice kid as well.
“To see him, how he encouraged the crowd around the corners…I had a couple of moments where I was really touched tonight, to be honest. So for a few moments, that’s really cool.” (per Liverpool Echo)
Therefore, if Elliott is able to continue his impressive start to life at Blackburn Rovers for the rest of the 2020/21 campaign, there seems no reason why he can’t be pushing for a spot in Liverpool’s first-team next season.
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