Harvey Elliott sends Jurgen Klopp statement over Liverpool role next season
Harvey Elliott, while speaking on the Counter Attack Podcast, has issued Jurgen Klopp a statement of intent over his Liverpool role for next season by declaring himself ready to make a difference for the Premier League side.
The 18-year-old has been one of the real sensations of the Championship season since joining Blackburn Rovers on loan in October, and is determined to now take his talent to the next stand and make a name for himself on his return to Anfield.
No teenager in either of England’s top-four divisions has been involved in more goals than Elliott this season, with the youngster lending a hand to 17 over his 40 appearances with six scored and a further 11 assisted.
His campaign did not start until sealing a last-ditch move moving to Ewood Park, either, where head coach Tony Mowbray has frequently waxed lyrical over the ‘wonderful talent’ (Lancashire Telegraph), having failed to make any of Klopp’s Premier League squads
Klopp did award Elliott his senior Liverpool during an FA Cup tie with Everton in January 2020, but only proceeded to award the forward a further eight outings across all competitions totalling 573 minutes for an average of just over an hour per game.
Elliott hopes he can now build on that record next term as the England Under 19 international has no doubt that he is ready to fight for a place in the Reds first-team.
“I am going to go back thinking I can get in the team. I have had this experience and feel ready, and have 50 appearances under my belt, which is a lot for a teenager,” Elliott said.
“I feel 100 per cent confident I can go in and challenge. I’m looking forward to the fight and showing to people I am a different player and ready to play when called upon.”
There is little more that Elliott could have shown Klopp during his time in the Championship to convince the German that he is ready to be given a real chance at Liverpool next season, so his self-belief is well placed to head back to Anfield feeling truly confident.
Mowbray has afforded Elliott every opportunity to display his talents in a side that has not always been at its best, with only five teams heading into the last weekend of the second-tier season having claimed fewer points than Blackburn (25) since the turn of the year.
The Rovers boss even expressed last month ‘we can’t get the ball to him enough’ (Lancashire Telegraph) such has been the difference that Elliott has made to the Ewood Park natives.
It is also why Klopp should feel comfortable relying on Elliott, knowing the versatile forward – who has featured across the attacking midfield line and as a false nine this term – is able to cope with the responsibility of being an influential figure week in, week out.
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