Liverpool youngster Harvey Elliott has revealed that he plans on forcing his way into the Reds’ first-team next season.
Elliott is coming off of a sensational season on loan at Blackburn in the Championship.
He finished as the third-highest assister in the division, while he also created the second-most big chances.
This is despite the fact that he only turned 18-years-old a month before the season ended.
Speaking to the Ranks FC Podcast, Elliott has hinted that he wants to stay and fight for a spot at Liverpool next season, rather than going out on loan again.
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When asked about his target for next year, he said: “To be in the team. That’s it.
“There is no blockage with age now. You see youngsters all the time in football, so I can’t use that as an excuse.
“I need to go in and show that I can be trusted and that I can play for the team.”
Elliott may not get what he wants next season, but the future is very bright
It is great to see that Elliott is setting himself a big goal for next season. It is clear that he is a youngster with a great attitude for the game.
If he did manage to become a Liverpool regular in 2021/22, it would be the next step on his road to superstardom.
While he clearly wants to stay at Anfield next season, the club may decide that it is best for him to go on another loan. Unless they believe that he will get 10-15 starts for Liverpool, he would be better off playing elsewhere for one more year.
Considering how good he was last season, Elliott will probably be good enough to make a contribution to Jurgen Klopp’s team next year. He is only going to get better, that is for sure.
However, if he stays around and does not get the game time he needs, it will come at a detriment in the long term.
Look at how Phil Foden has been managed at Manchester City. He was every bit as talented as Elliott was at 17, but he only really became a regular starter at 20.
It just proves that Elliott has loads of time to make it big on Merseyside. He just needs to find the right balance between overplayed and underplayed so that he can reach his full potential.
We are sure that Jurgen Klopp will manage him correctly and make the right decision looking ahead to next season.