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'Credit to the club': Liverpool coach raves about youngster's decision this week, loves his attitude

Liverpool Under 23 coach Barry Lewtas hailed Harvey Elliott this week, saying he’s a credit to the football club. This comes after the teenager chose to play for his side.

Harvey Elliott made a somewhat surprising outing for Liverpool Under 23s on Monday evening. The teenager’s involvement almost certainly means he won’t feature against Villarreal on Wednesday – or at least, makes it more difficult for him to do so.

But Elliott, it seems wants to play more football. Under 23s boss Barry Lewtas explained the situation – both Elliott and Rhys Williams requested games for his side.

“The likes of Harvey and Rhys Williams want to play and get their minutes, they want to stay sharp and if they are called upon by our manager, they want to be ready,” Lewtas told Liverpoolfc.com.

“It just shows the character that we have at this club. The lads want to play and they understand what they need to do to get to the next level.

“Harvey’s attitude and his performance, he is a credit to himself and a credit to the club as well.”

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Elliott is having a strange and fairly unfortunate season. He began the campaign as one of Jurgen Klopp’s first choices in midfield, putting in some unbelievably encouraging performances.

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But then injury struck, ruling the youngster out for months and costing him his place in the side. We haven’t actually seen Elliott all that much since his return, though that’s not entirely his fault. This is an incredibly strong squad, after all, and everyone’s staying fit.

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Klopp actually said this week that this is the strongest group of players he’s ever had to leave out of his matchday squad, naming Elliott first and foremost. That’s something the 19-year-old can take to heart.

It’s also something he’s not settling for, it seems. His attitude certainly deserves praise, given Elliott’s request to play for the Under 23s and get himself some competitive minutes. That’s not something every young player would do, as Lewtas’s words suggest.

And so we’re not worried about the young playmaker. Elliott’s attitude guarantees he’ll get the most out of his ability – even if this season hasn’t quite gone to plan.

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