Stewart Downing has waxed lyrical about the talents of Liverpool forward Harvey Elliott, who is currently on loan with Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers.
The Ex-Reds star revealed that former Liverpool scout, Jonathan Woodgate, has told him how everyone connected with the club is excited by the emergence of Elliott.
Elliott, who turns 18 next month, has been a revelation in England’s second-tier since completing a switch from Anfield last summer. He has clocked up 34 appearances under Tony Mowbray, scoring five goals while providing 10 assists.
And former Tottenham and Real Madrid defender, Woodgate, who is close with Liverpool sporting director, Michael Edwards, has talked up Elliott to his Blackburn teammate, Downing.
Downing on Elliott
Downing, who has 35 England caps to his name, revealed that Edwards has high hopes for Elliott’s Anfield prospects in the long-term.
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Speaking with Goal, the former Aston Villa man said: “I know [Bournemouth manager] Jonathan Woodgate well, and he’s quite close to Michael Edwards.
“He asked me about Harvey when he came to Blackburn, and I was like he’s brilliant!’
“Woody told me they have high hopes for him at Liverpool, and I can see why. But he knows better than anyone that he has a big job on his hands to get into the team.”
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Judging by his performances at Blackburn, it’s easy to see why great things are foreseen for Elliott on Merseyside.
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of Elliott’s blossoming potential is that there isn’t one particular component in which he stands out in.
Instead, Elliott has an array of qualities that make him perfect for a club like Liverpool. With so many contrasting skill-sets, it’s scary to think what he could achieve alongside some of the best players in Europe.
In fact, his versatility alone already makes him a perfect Jurgen Klopp player. Elliott, after all, has played five different positions for Blackburn this season: Right-wing, left-wing, forward, attacking-midfield, and centre-midfield.
This will surely open a number of doors for him at Anfield. The more adaptable he makes himself to the manager, the more likely he is to get minutes on the pitch.
At 18, too, it’s scary to think how good Elliott will be in a few years time. If Edwards has spotted something special in him, then, the sky really is the limit for the teenage sensation.