Liverpool might be waiting on Harvey Elliott to force their hand over any transfer this month. The youngster has the future in his hands.
It’s no secret that Liverpool have gaps in their squad. Gini Wijnaldum’s departure leaves them light in midfield, while the attacking needs strengthening.
Xherdan Shaqiri might leave the club, after all, and that creates issues. The Reds can’t really afford to limit their options this season.
But there are additions to the first-team squad. Ibrahima Konate is the most obvious one, arriving from RB Leipzig as extra depth at centre-back.
Perhaps the most interesting, though, is Harvey Elliott. And we wonder if his future will dictate Liverpool’s transfer business.
Harvey Elliott to dictate transfer business?
The 18-year-old will play a role in Liverpool’s first-team squad this season, per the Daily Mail. So that explains why the Reds haven’t moved to replace Shaqiri.
Elliott will take up his position as backup on the right-wing. But what if he’s also the plan in midfield?
Perhaps, then, we’re going to see Elliott perform in that role in the Premier League. And we might see it as soon as this month once competitive football kicks off.
It’s the right time to do it, certainly, as neither Jordan Henderson nor Thiago are fully fit. Curtis Jones will miss the Norwich City game, too.
And this might have a knock-on effect with transfers. If Elliott performs and looks ready to contribute, there really isn’t any great need to sign anyone.
He’s only going to get better, after all. A couple of good performances would tell us that he’s a solid addition and that blocking his progress wouldn’t be a good idea.
Alternatively, perhaps Elliott doesn’t look quite ready. In that instance, we might see Liverpool dipping into the market before the window shuts.
This is only speculation, at the end of the day. But it would suggest why Liverpool seem a little hesitant to sign in positions they lack cover.