'I was amazed': Jamie Redknapp can't believe what position Klopp's been starting Liverpool man in
Jamie Redknapp has been left stunned by the fact that Harvey Elliott has been playing in central midfield for Liverpool this season, Sky Sports report.
Liverpool’s new midfield star?
Elliott has featured in both of Liverpool’s first two games of the campaign and he has impressed.
His performance against Burnley was particularly memorable, as he looked a real threat from a central midfield berth.
There were fears around Liverpool that they could be left short in the area when Georginio Wijnaldum left.
However, Elliott’s emergence has really benefitted the Reds.
And Redknapp feels that Jurgen Klopp has shown great bravery by replying the 18-year-old in such a key area of the field.
“I was amazed Harvey Elliott played in the midfield three against Burnley. I thought when he played, it might be as one of the front men,” Redknapp said.
“Maybe if Salah, Jota or Mane weren’t playing, he would fill in in that position.
“I thought it was incredibly brave of Jurgen Klopp to play him in the game, especially in the first game of the season at Anfield, as one of the three, but it just shows you how much trust he has in this young man.
“Maybe he is one of the reasons why they were happy to let Georginio Wijnaldum go. Elliott might end up saving them £50m or £60m.
“I said at the start of the year that Liverpool should go and get Youri Tielemans from Leicester but if they’ve got one already on their doorstep, he could be their man for the future.”
Elliott to start Saturday?
It now remains to be seen just how much trust Elliott’s excellent start to the season has earned him at Anfield.
With Liverpool next in action against Chelsea, it really would be a huge show of faith if he was to start again.
Liverpool and Chelsea are among the favourites to win the Premier League title this term, and victory for either side would send out a statement, even at this early stage of the campaign.
If Elliott does start then it will arguably be the biggest game of his career so far.
But Klopp could turn to the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or Thiago Alcantara if he wants more experience in the centre of midfield on Saturday.