According to Paul Joyce of The Times, Blackburn Rovers are interested in signing Liverpool forward Harvey Elliott on loan before Friday’s 5pm deadline.

The report claims that Liverpool are open to discussions for the teenager to join the Championship outfit given there is a guarantee for Elliott to play regularly under Tony Mowbray at Ewood Park.

Elliott, 17, has clocked up just one appearance so far this season in the Carabao Cup victory against Lincoln City last month. He was left on the bench in the following fixture against Arsenal and Liverpool’s elimination from the competition have limited his first-team chances in Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League-winning squad.

He signed a professional contract at Anfield earlier this summer after arriving from Fulham last year where he became the Premier League’s youngest-ever debutant back in April 2019.

Elliott has featured frequently in the cup competitions for the first team but only twice in the Premier League, clocking up just seven minutes of action – he did play in the second half of the friendly between Rovers and Liverpool in pre-season.

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The former Fulham academy graduate was included in Liverpool’s Champions League squad although the matter of Elliott playing in the competition seems an unlikely prospect. A move on loan is his most likely route to regular first-team football.

Championship promotion hopefuls Blackburn are said to have tabled a loan offer for Elliott, though it is unclear whether there is enough time for a deal to be sanctioned before the deadline. Liverpool are yet to respond.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 05: (THE SUN OUT. THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Harvey Elliott of Liverpool in action during the game at Anfield on September 05, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

What RTK has to say

Elliott has enormous potential and it could be more beneficial for the youngster to enjoy a sustained run-in the Championship as opposed to the Liverpool under-23 set-up at Kirkby. Certainly, he needs game time to show the footballing world what he is all about.

There is no doubt that Liverpool deem Elliott as a long-term prospect so if the club concur it is the best course for the player’s development then there is no reason why a late deal couldn’t materialise.

Liverpool have already sanctioned deals for talented youngsters Harry Wilson and Herbie Kane to take their footballing talents to the Championship while Ben Woodburn is closing in on a move to League One.

The reality for all these young prospects is that a squad with as many world-class options as Liverpool limits the number of opportunities in the first-team which makes the possibility of a loan move elsewhere the best cause to prove their talents to the manager.

 

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