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'Fans should be excited': Journalist on Liverpool's Harvey Elliott plan

Liverpool have a plan to integrate Harvey Elliott into their first-team next season, according to one journalist. The Reds see a very bright future in the teenager.

This comes from the Liverpool Echo’s Ian Doyle. He claims that Liverpool plan on using Harvey Elliott as a first-team player next season.

“I fully expect that next season he will be back at Liverpool and challenging for a first-team place,” said Doyle on the Echo’s Blood Red podcast.

“He has impressed Klopp and the rest of the coaching staff, and more importantly, the rest of the players trust him as well.”

Doyle then went on to detail exactly what that plan could be.

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“He is going to have a huge impact on the Liverpool first team in the long-term – he is brilliant and Liverpool fans should be excited,” said Doyle.

“He will initially be support to Mohamed Salah and I know it is a huge shout at this stage, but I genuinely think he is that talented that he could be the long-term replacement for Salah.”

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What RTK has to say

We said last month that Elliott is putting in a very notable season. It is undoubtedly one that should excite fans.

The great thing is that he’s kept up that form since, too.

The important thing to remember with Elliott, though, is that he’s not one of the best players in the Championship. Blackburn Rovers don’t start him in every game and the teenager isn’t carrying them into the Play Offs or anything.

Instead, it’s the underlying stats that excite.

The most obvious is that Elliott has nine assists – no Championship player has more. Then there’s the fact he creates 1.8 chances per game.

Only five players beat that latter figure. Importantly, though, they’re all much older. Of those five, the next youngest is Harr Wilson – a player six years older than Elliott.

And that’s underselling it. Wilson has had full seasons in both the Championship and Premier League before this campaign. Elliott is in his first senior season.

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Doing all of this at 17 is incredibly impressive. He’s already holding his own with good players who have far more experience – and Elliott should improve year on year.

We completely understand Liverpool’s plan, then. Elliott is set to develop rapidly and they will almost certainly want to control that development themselves.

Thus we should see Elliott as a first-team player next season. And that’s a very exciting prospect.

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