Harvey Elliott should play in the Liverpool first-team next season, according to one journalist. The Reds were apparently ‘delighted’ with how last season went.
This comes from the Liverpool Echo’s Paul Gorst. He said in a Q&A that Liverpool were ‘delighted’ with Harvey Elliott last season and are ready to put him in the first-team setup.
Elliott spent the campaign on loan at Blackburn Rovers with incredible results. The teenager performed as one of the best creative players in the Championship, keeping up with the likes of Harry Wilson.
Wilson, though, is an established international with previous experience in the Championship and Premier League. Elliott was playing his first full senior campaign.
Harvey Elliott to the Liverpool first-team
Now, we don’t expect that Elliott is getting anything like a first-XI place. He’s a right-winger, after all, and that’s Mohamed Salah’s role. Instead, the 18-year-old should fill a gap in the squad.
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That gap will almost certainly be one left by Xherdan Shaqiri. The Daily Mail says Liverpool expect him to leave this summer.
That creates the ideal spot for Elliott. He could be a backup player who gets games here and there, slowly increasing his participation across the season.
It would effectively be similar to how Curtis Jones got games last season. Not necessarily a go-to player but someone Liverpool can rely on to play well and put in a decent performance.
And if Elliott were to shine in games then, much like Jones, he’d get more games and more responsibility.
Liverpool have done this spectacularly well with certain players. Trent Alexander-Arnold is the obvious example, but the way they developed Joe Gomez, too, was exceptional.
A similar plan with Elliott should turn him into a first-XI player in a few years’ time. That will certainly be the goal.
After all, there’s no better way to replace Salah long-term than for Elliott to do it. It sounds like Liverpool will head down that particular road next season.