Liverpool’s academy came under the spotlight on Tuesday night in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals, as the club named it’s youngest ever side to face Aston Villa.
The Merseyside giants were forced to name an inexperienced group away to Villa due to commitments in the Club World Cup, but it did present a big opportunity for many rising stars.
Despite losing 5-0 away to Premier League Villa, there were some really strong moments from the Reds and they were extremely unfortunate not to score at least a couple of goals.
The one player that stood out on the pitch was Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott, who looks like he could be one to break into the senior squad on a regular basis.
Elliott made his first two senior Liverpool appearances in the previous rounds of the cup and he got another chance to showcase his talents against Villa.
The 16-year-old tormented the opposition defence with his directness, pace and skill, while he was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet as he saw a decent effort blocked.
Elliott already looks an incredible prospect despite the fact he doesn’t turn 17 until April.
The English right-winger arrived in the summer from Fulham and has already been integrated to the senior ranks, which is not a surprise considering the confidence he plays with.
He was demanding the ball in midweek against Villa out on the flank and had experienced full-back Neil Taylor running all over the shop.
There shouldn’t need to be a rush with Elliott’s development, but he already looks too good to be stuck in academy games and doesn’t look a million miles away from pushing for a regular spot in the first-team squad.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp should seek to send him on a short-term loan in January to a Premier League or Championship side, as that would be a great learning experience for him and he looks ready.