Liverpool starlet Harvey Elliott has proved he can play at the top level. The 16-year-old put in a masterful display against Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup.
Despite being on the losing side, Elliott stood out as one of the best players on the pitch.
The former Fulham man should now be introduced to Premier League football.
Jurgen Klopp will have been disappointed but not disheartened by watching a youthful Liverpool team lose. The Reds’ youngest ever side bowed out of the Carabao Cup against Aston Vila in the quarter finals. Neil Critchley and co suffered a 5-0 defeat but the scoreline did the team no justice.
One shining light from the game was the performance of Elliott, who looked head and shoulders above any other Liverpool player. Since joining the club in the summer, he has impressed at all levels. Once again he showed his class and at times dominated the game.
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A fabulous range of passing was on show from Elliott, who created plenty of chances for his teammates. His confidence was clear for all to see as he tried to take the game to Villa with some inventive tricks and flicks.
Elliott should follow in the footsteps of Curtis Jones and make his Premier League debut sooner rather than later. If you are good enough you are old enough. Just ask Wayne Rooney, Cesc Fabragas or Michael Owen, who all came into top flight football at a similar age to Elliott.
The youngster needs exposure to elite level football if he’s going to fulfll his potential. I’m not saying he should start every game, or any at all right now. Yet Elliott should be in our match day squad and be given a few chances to impress from the Liverpool bench in the Premier League.