Harvey Elliott spoke about his future in an interview on Wednesday. His words show just how successful Liverpool’s loan deal has been.
Everyone knows Harvey Elliott has a bright future – that’s certainly no secret. But Liverpool did take a chance loaning him out this season.
After all, many players come back from loan spells having stalled. Their new clubs don’t have any long-term incentive to develop them, meaning they’re more likely to leave them out of the team.
That’s especially the case for someone like Elliott. He was just 17 when he joined Blackburn Rovers. He hadn’t yet had a full senior season, nor did Elliott have any real experience.
His only game time had come ‘here and there’, mainly from the bench. Blackburn couldn’t possibly expect a first-team star.
Thus it’s very easy for them to give up on him. They’re worried about the present not the future with Elliott. If he can’t deliver this season, he’s largely useless to them.
And if they leave him out of the side, the teenager loses a key year of development. That would have been a disaster.
That’s the chance Liverpool took with this loan deal in hope that Elliott would instead get the experience needed to develop faster. The risk paid off.
The future for Harvey Elliott
Elliott has 11 assists this season – joint second-most in the Championship. The only two players to match him are each six years older than the 18-year-old.
In fact, those two players – Harry Wilson and Emiliano Buendia – each have Premier League experience. They’re years and years ahead of Elliott in their development.
What Elliott is doing is incredible, then, and it earned him a nomination for EFL Young Player of the Season.
That’ll certainly make everyone at Liverpool smile but what they’ll like just as much is how Elliott talks about his loan spell this season.
“This season has shown me what real football is like,” Elliott told Liverpoolfc.com. “And what is needed to make that step up to be consistent in the games and to be consistently in the team.”
The teenager mentions nutrition and recovery as two key aspects of the game where things have clicked. This has been a season of tremendous growth.
“Throughout the season I’ve just got used to it, I think my body’s adapted, I’ve become stronger physically and mentally,” he added. “It’s just getting through the games and getting through the weeks.”
As for Elliott’s plans, they’re clear:
“Just to not rest and keep pushing forward and to get into the Liverpool team really.
“Obviously it’s not going to be handed to me. I need to work hard for it, I need to gain the trust and show that I am able to do it now and I am talented enough to do it.”
Elliott says all of the right things. He’s made advancements in his skills, his mentality, and his physicality and Liverpool couldn’t have dreamed for more than that.
Liverpool have made a lot of fantastic deals over the last few years. This one, though, may go on to top the lot – if Elliott eventually becomes the player we think he can be.