Harvey Elliott is coming for a first-team place at Liverpool. The teenager might just get one, too.
Harvey Elliott feels ‘100% confident’ that he can compete for a first-team place at Liverpool. The teenager is coming off a fantastic season with Blackburn Rovers.
In fact, that’s putting it mildly – what Elliott is doing is remarkable. He’s only just turned 18 and is having his first full senior season.
Elliott is doing that at a new club, too. This isn’t somewhere he’s comfortable but instead somewhere he’s had to adapt to.
So the fact he’s got 11 assists – joint-second most in the Championship – and six goals is quite stunning. It should only be upwards from here, after all. Elliott is barely getting started.
And yet, he believes he can compete for a first-team spot at Liverpool next season.
“Next season I am going to go back thinking that I can get in the team,” Eliott told the Counter Attack podcast. “I have had this experience and feel ready. I have 50 appearances under my belt, which is a lot for a teenager.
“I feel 100 per cent confident I can go in and challenge. I’m looking forward to the fight and to show people I am a different player, and ready to play when called upon.
“It won’t be given to me. I will need to work hard and train well and if I get my chance in a game, I have to take it.”
First-team Harvey Elliott
Can he do it? It all depends on Liverpool’s plans for next season but we think Elliott could force his way in.
There’s a spot as the backup right-winger up for grabs, we’d imagine. Liverpool expect Xherdan Shaqiri to leave the club, per the Daily Mail, and that frees up a natural role for Elliott.
It’ll come down to whether Liverpool want to entrust that to such a young player, however. Elliott still hasn’t played regularly at the top level – is he ready for that jump?
We’ll find out this summer when Jurgen Klopp gets a good look at him. If the boss likes what he sees, then perhaps Liverpool start Elliott on their own development path, rather than shipping him out again.
One thing’s for sure, though. Elliott has the confidence in his own ability to break through quickly and this superb season at Blackburn will only boost that.
As long as he believes he’s got what it takes, we’ll back him to take a spot in the first-team squad as soon as he wants one.