Harvey Elliott says he’s trying to add more pace to his game. The teenager is engaging in ‘spring training’.
Harvey Elliott believes he needs to add more pace. The 18-year-old has developed as a right-winger but never really be known for his speed.
Instead, Elliott has made his name on cutting inside and being more of a creative force between the lines. He has eyes, though, on being quicker.
“Even to this day I’m not as quick as I’d like to be,” Elliott told the Athletic. “I’m doing sprint training and trying to give myself that few extra yards to help me in games. There are always things you need to work on and improve on as a footballer.
“You can never be happy with what you are, you always need to push yourself. I still need to improve my speed, especially when you look at players like Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.”
Harvey Elliott wants more pace
That was always going to be a slight problem with Liverpool’s system. Jurgen Klopp looks to have his forward drop deep to pull defenders and give pacey wingers the space to attack.
It’s been a hallmark of the Reds’ play with, as Elliott mentions, Salah and Mane. Putting a player out there without much pace robs Liverpool of a dangerous weapon.
It makes a lot of sense. Instead of using Elliott as a winger, Liverpool start him in a central role with a license to move wide.
Elliott doesn’t need blistering pace, then – he’s put between the lines where he enjoys playing anyway. It’s smart from Liverpool and might get the best out of the teenager in their system.
And if Elliott is successful in becoming faster with his sprint training, he simply becomes someone who can threaten from anywhere. Liverpool could play him wide or centrally and have him attack both inside and out.
It’s a win-win.