Liverpool are a side in form. Well, in form even by Liverpool’s standards. The Reds have dropped just two points in the league since March but there have been some narrow results in that run. The Anfield side have now won two games back to back in emphatic fashion – beating Everton 5-2 and Bournemouth 3-0. With a manic winter schedule ahead and the Reds blowing teams away again, the form of Liverpool should mean minutes for Harvey Elliott.
At the minute the Reds are stretched thin, we have strength in depth but not enough depth in attack. With the team set to play a game pretty much every three days until the second week of January, we will need to rotate often.
We have already seen what appears to be the two lineups that Jürgen Klopp will put out over the festive period. One of these lineups features Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah – the other features Sadio Mane, Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri.
When we battered Bournemouth we had Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott on the bench, the Scouser made his Premier League debut in the second half.
With the team likely to continue rotating, Elliott will find himself on the bench more often. With the team once again blitzing opposition, killing games early, Liverpool will have an opportunity to give Harvey Elliott some valuable minutes on the pitch.
Whilst this may seem premature due to the winger only being 16-years-old, the Reds will need to give their first teamers as much rest as possible. If we are 3-0 up at home against the likes of Watford, why tire Mo Salah out further? Just bring on Harvey Elliott for the final stretch.