Jurgen Klopp appeared to confirm this week that Harvey Elliott has a new position going forward. The youngster broke through as a winger.
Jurgen Klopp named Harvey Elliott as a midfield option this week after hinting at the position change over pre-season. Elliott has played in the middle across several friendlies.
“In midfield, we have players with a lot of experience, such as Thiago, Fabinho, Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita,” Klopp told Norwegian channel TV2. “In addition, we have exciting young boys in Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones.”
Klopp confirms Elliott position change
Harvey Elliott thrived on loan in his first senior campaign last season. He was at Blackburn Rovers, of course, and proved to be a creative force on the right wing.
Elliott finished his season with four goals and 11 assists – a magnificent haul for someone who only turned 18 in April. The question now was how Liverpool would use him.
He’s a very different player to Mohamed Salah, after all. The Egyptian is a score-first kind of winger, always looking to get in behind and work chances for himself.
Elliott wants to create for others, though. Instead of running behind with great pace, he wants to cut inside defenders and create space for others.
It’s difficult to see how that fits in with what Liverpool do, unless they change their system.
Well, the answer appears to be changing Elliott’s position. He’s a midfielder now and his long-term future seems to be there.
We’re certainly on board with that and it opens up a few very interesting options on the right-hand side. Liverpool can use Elliott on the right of a midfield three, after all, taking advantage of his experience on the flank.
Honestly, we can’t wait to see how Elliott develops there. It could be a masterstroke.