Liverpool youngster Leighton Clarkson has ‘all the qualities’ of Harvey Elliott, according to Tony Mowbray. Clarkson has just returned to the Reds.
Leighton Clarkson joined Blackburn Rovers from Liverpool to start this season. Unfortunately, however, it hasn’t gone to plan as the 20-year-old returned to Merseyside this week.
We said at the time that it would always be difficult for Clarkson as comparisons to Harvey Elliott were inevitable. Elliott also spent time with Blackburn as he enjoyed a remarkable debut senior campaign last season.
With Elliott thriving as he did, a lot would be expected of Clarkson. Now, he didn’t live up to those expectations – but that’s not entirely fair.
For one, Elliott was at a Blackburn side that sat in midtable and couldn’t find consistency. That meant they could afford to hand minutes to an unproven youngster and watch him develop. Blackburn this season, though, are a different animal.
They’re the Championship’s in-form side, sitting in second and competing for the title. They weren’t willing to give Clarkson a prominent role as a result, leading to the end of his loan spell.
But manager Tony Mowbray was adamant this week that Clarkson is still a brilliant player. In fact, he sees comparisons with Harvey Elliott.
Do Liverpool have another Harvey Elliott in Clarkson?
“I’ve had lots of chats with Leighton and I want to put on record that this lad is an amazing footballer, what a talent,” Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph.
“You talk about Harvey Elliott, he’s got all those qualities, weight of pass, brilliant finishing, an amazing footballer who sees all the pictures, all the patterns.”
It’s high praise – even if we think it’s a little over the top. Elliott truly looks like a world-class talent, while Clarkson hasn’t really shown that.
Still, the manager who backed Elliott last season does see top talent in Clarkson and that should be taken as a real sign of quality. Hopefully, then, Clarkson can get the right loan move from here because Liverpool might have another special player.
If he gets the right development, of course.