Liverpool will assess Harvey Elliott in the first-team this summer, according to reports. And that may save them around £35m.
Liverpool will have some first-team spots available this summer, from the looks of things. The Daily Mail reports that both Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi should leave this summer.
Now, neither have been key players for a little while now. But they still represent Liverpool’s bench options from game to game.
Their departure leaves a gaping hole in the attacking depth at Liverpool. It’s one they must fill.
To find out how Liverpool might do that, we can look at some reported targets. Importantly, targets from last year.
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The Reds wanted to improve their attack ahead of this season and did so, signing Diogo Jota. But the Portuguese forward wasn’t their only option.
The Liverpool Echo claimed that Jota was one of three players on the shortlist alongside Jonathan David and Ismaila Sarr. The latter of which may be available this time around.
The Athletic reports that Watford are open to a sale at the right price, taking a realistic approach with their transfers. They don’t want to sell but know they might with a big offer.
It’s a deal that could cost Liverpool around £35m. That’s the price Sarr’s agent quoted earlier this year, anyway.
It would make sense, too. Sarr is capable of playing from the right – taking Shaqiri’s spot – and is a natural forward – taking Origi’s.
Sarr is certainly one option to boost the attack, then, but he’s not the only one. There is a path Liverpool could go down that costs them nothing.
Harvey Elliott and the Liverpool first-team
The Athletic reports that Jurgen Klopp will assess Harvey Elliott with the first-team this summer. If he likes what he sees, the youngster may form part of his squad next season.
There are two things we imagine Liverpool want to assess. First and foremost, how ready is he?
Elliott needs to be good to go at first-team level for Liverpool to give him a spot. Signs are positive, though.
Elliott has 11 assists in his first senior season – joint second-most in the Championship. He’s enjoying a tremendous campaign with Blackburn Rovers as part of a successful loan deal.
But the other factor here is whether a year in Liverpool’s first-team is what’s best for Elliott and his development. He’s come on leaps and bounds at Blackburn, after all, and may benefit from a similar move next season.
Should Liverpool decide Elliott is ready and able to develop, though, the spot is surely his. He wouldn’t cost a thing and the long-term benefits are huge.
A fully-integrated and developed Elliott could be a very special player, after all.
Shaqiri’s spot as the backup right-winger is a natural place for Elliott, too. Having him there would surely see Liverpool move towards signing an out-and-out striker instead of a versatile forward. Or, perhaps, not signing an attacker at all.
The potential is there for Liverpool to back Elliott as a big addition to their attack, especially in wake of their big losses over the last year. And if the teenager can save Liverpool £35m, it would be a big help.