Liverpool will reportedly add more youth to their first-team squad this season with Harvey Elliot.
Elliot, who is just 16, became the youngest ever Premier League player last season. His youth contract with Fulham has expired, however, and he will supposedly join Liverpool imminently.
And according to the Liverpool Echo, Elliot will head straight for the first-team squad. The club don’t expect the teenager to learn too much from the academy, apparently, and instead want him around experienced players.
It makes sense, of course. Elliot is clearly ready for senior level and even if he isn’t playing games, it’ll benefit him to be around the best.
But it’s the latest example of the considerable faith in youth that Liverpool are going for this season. Sepp van den Berg will also be in the first-team squad, for example.
Then there’s Rhian Brewster – expected to get some regular game time this season. And Adam Lewis, who may have a real claim to the backup left-back spot.
While Jurgen Klopp is already pointing out the potential for youth in pre-season.
And so it certainly seems that Liverpool see youth as the right way to fill gaps in the squad. It’s certainly a cheaper way of doing things, but there’s also some real excitement to it.
It won’t appease those who want signings this summer but Liverpool appear to have a plan. And as we’ve seen, that tends to work out well under Klopp.