Jürgen Klopp has assembled one of the strongest Liverpool sides of all time and more than that he has assembled a side set to stick together for the years to come. The boss has also been steadily collecting some of the brightest youngsters in the game, last season signing Harvey Elliott and Sepp van den Berg. Klopp should follow the example set by Dortmund and put faith in Harvey Elliott.
Signing for the future
Liverpool signed Harvey Elliott from Fulham last summer. The teeanger arrived with a massive reputation and had been courted by Europe’s biggest clubs – he famously turned down a move to Real Madrid.
The winger had recently become the youngest player to ever play in the League Cup, making his first team debut aged 15 years and 174 days old.
Whilst the ex-Fulham player’s age obviously indicates that he is a signing for the future he has impressed in short bursts when afforded first team opportunities at Anfield, he played six times in the cups last season.
At just 18-years-old the English attacking midfielder was lighting up the German Bundesliga, netting 12 goals and 14 assists in the 2018/19 season, picking up seven Man of the Match awards along the way.
Liverpool no longer appear to be in the running for the Dortmund dribbler but the Reds can still look to him for inspiration.
Dortmund blueprint for Harvey Elliott?
Given that the Reds cannot afford to splash out on an expensive rotation option for the wings they may have to rely on the players already at the club.
This could mean using Harvey Elliott more often. Given how impressive the teenager was in short bursts last season he can only get better when given more game time.
Jürgen Klopp could benefit from using the Borussia Dortmund blueprint for Harvey Elliott. The German giants’ faith in Jadon Sancho paid off, the Reds could see the same from their own wonderkid winger.
Sancho was given 26 starts and eight substitute appearances in the league in the 2018/19 season, at just 18-years-old. Klopp should consider a similar show of faith in Elliott.
Why spend £108m on the next best thing when you can just develop your own?