A world away from Liverpool defeating Ajax in their Champions League opener, young loanee Harvey Elliott was making an impact for his new side
Liverpool loanee Elliott certainly made a big impression as the teenager took to the field for the first time as a Blackburn Rovers player.
Elliott, 17, sealed a deadline day switch to Ewood Park after a season-long loan deal was agreed with Liverpool deeming the move to be in the best interests of both the player and the club.
He clocked up 90 minutes last night as Blackburn were beaten 3-1 at Vicarage Road by Watford in the Championship.
Despite his debut ending in defeat, Elliott still caught the eye of many onlookers as the former Fulham star looks to make a name for himself in the professional game.
His new manager and Blackburn Rovers boss Tony Mowbray couldn’t hide his excitement over Elliott.
He said: “I think the combination of Elliott and [Rovers striker Adam] Armstrong is going to be something we can really look forward to…as he steps in on his left foot and Armstrong runs as he sees the space.
“It seems to me that he has fantastic qualities to go and integrate in areas.
“And backlines are going to have to be on their metal to stop that.”
The Lancashire Live also were impressed by the performance of Elliott who gave the youngster a 7/10 for his display at Vicarage Road – the joint highest score for any Rovers player.
Explaining the rating for Elliott, Blackburn Rovers reporter Jaquob Crooke said: “His quality was there for all to see and for a 17-year-old making his Championship debut, he more than held his own.”
He made two key passes, 47 accurate passes, two dribbles and enjoyed 69 touches of the ball according to WhoScored.
Defensively, he also did a job for his team. Elliott managed three tackles and three interceptions which was the second-highest in the team from a Blackburn perspective.
After the match, Elliott took to social media to showcase his pride following a mature and assured debut performance.
He received an outpour of messages from a number of teammates both past and present including Rhian Brewster and Harry Wilson.
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