Jurgen Klopp to assess Harvey Elliott in pre-season with Liverpool delighted by Blackburn Rovers loan
According to the Liverpool Echo, Jurgen Klopp is set to cast his verdict on Harvey Elliott during Liverpool’s pre-season plans but another loan transfer is yet to be ruled out.
The Anfield outfit have been delighted by Elliott’s development throughout his season in the Championship with Blackburn Rovers this term, and plan to see his future develop further on Merseyside.
But first Klopp will run the rule over the teenager during the summer break to see where he is at in his progress, with a Premier League loan a likely option should the German feel Elliott is not entirely ready.
Elliott would be expected to be given most of his minutes in the cup competitions if he does stay at Liverpool for the 2021/22 campaign, with Klopp taking his time to introduce the 18-year-old to the demands of playing at Anfield.
It was in the cup competitions that Elliott saw most of his action during the attacking midfielder’s breakthrough campaign in 2019/20, playing six games for the Reds between the EFL and FA Cups but only six minutes in the Premier League.
Tony Mowbray was much more forthcoming with opportunities to play a leading role in Blackburn’s campaign, with Elliott starting 31 of his 41 Championship appearances and lending a hand to 18 goals (seven scored, 11 assisted).
No teenager across the second-tier provided more assists than the Liverpool prospect, while only Watford’s 19-year-old centre-forward Joao Pedro (9) found the back of the net more often.
TBR’s view: Elliott deserves his Liverpool chance
Elliott was undoubtedly one of the stars of the Championship season and fully deserves his chance to impress Klopp in Liverpool’s summer plans. Add in that the Anfield outfit are noted to have been delighted by his progress at Blackburn, and it must be time.
The teenage maestro is also adamant that he is 100 per cent ready to return to Anfield from his Rovers loan spell and show people what he is capable of, having left Mowbray waxing lyrical at Ewood Park.
“He’s just a fantastic talent,” Mowbray told The Athletic in February. “He’s 17 [now 18], but there are 17-year-olds and 17-year-olds, and Harvey is unbelievable. It’s unfathomable to me that, in five years, he’ll still be in his early twenties, and he could have played 250 games by then.
“What a joy he is. He just loves the ball; can’t have enough of it. And you can’t get him off the training ground. He’s always out on the grass; so much that I have to keep sending him in. It’s an amazing attitude he’s got.”
Klopp will surely be impressed by Elliott when he returns to Liverpool if the youngster keeps up his amazing attitude, as it is time for him to put in the hard yards wearing red having cut his teeth away from Merseyside.
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