Liverpool reportedly want a winger this summer but what does that mean for Harvey Elliott? The teenager looks ready for his chance.
Fabrizio Romano told Anfield Watch this week that Liverpool want a winger. It would be a surprising move, given there are already three elite wingers in the Reds’ first team.
It’s possible Liverpool want better cover behind Mohamed Salah, though. Xherdan Shaqiri might leave the club this summer and to be honest, his fitness has meant there often hasn’t been an option other than Salah on the right flank.
But it does beg the question – what happens to Harvey Elliott is Liverpool buy a winger? It’s the role we thought was his next season.
Harvey Elliott: winger
The Liverpool Echo claims Elliott will be a squad player next season. Jurgen Klopp will have a look at him over pre-season before deciding properly.
Shaqiri’s potential exit appears to open up an obvious spot for him, too. Elliott thrived from the right with Blackburn Rovers and that will surely be his position for Liverpool.
But if the Reds sign a winger, it puts Elliott’s place into question. Now, it’s possible that he won’t be too affected as we might be overestimating Liverpool’s plans for him.
Perhaps he was never going to get regular football next season. Elliott might be set for just starts in the cup and the odd game here and there. If that’s the case, signing someone else won’t really limit his time all that much.
Effectively, Elliott would just allow Klopp to rest an extra player for certain games. And if that’s the role, a new signing really doesn’t hurt him.
But there is another possibility. We’ve written before on Elliott’s versatility – perhaps Klopp doesn’t see him exclusively as a winger. Maybe Elliott could play games as a no.10 or slightly deeper in midfield.
He’s a wonderfully creative player, after all, and he might suit those roles. It’s probably worth trying him there, too, just to boost his experience and see how he does.
So Liverpool’s transfer hunt might not be a disaster for Elliott. Any new signing will take away minutes in some way but at the end of the day, the same goes for everyone.
Playing for a club like Liverpool means earning your place game by game and consistently having to get in front of other top players. And at 18, there’s no rush for Elliott to do that right away.
Next season may simply be more about a learning experience, rather than actually contributing in a big way. And if he manages the latter, it’ll just be another sign that Elliott is a special player.