Jurgen Klopp is delighted with the way Mohamed Salah has taken Harvey Elliott ‘under his wing’ at Liverpool.
According to The Athletic, Klopp has been impressed with Salah’s ‘application and attitude’ during his contract standoff.
One of the key reasons for this has reportedly been The Egyptian’s treatment of Elliott. Salah is claimed to have ‘set the standards’ in training, encouraging his much younger teammate to do the same.
The two could be linking up down Liverpool’s right-hand-side next season, so this bodes particularly well.
Elliott gets the perfect education
Elliott would be wise to take Salah’s advice on-board. The 19-year-old looks set to play a bigger role next season, having now taken on a new, lower, squad number.
Liverpool still lack a natural replacement for Mo in the senior squad. As a result, Elliott could even play back-up to him on the right side of The Reds’ attack.
Largely though, the teenager is expected to reprise his midfield role from the start of last season.
That isn’t a position that Salah has ever played, but that doesn’t mean Harvey can’t learn from the 30-year-old.
In terms of mentality, Salah is up there with the very best. Elliott has already had a couple of set-backs in his young career and he would do well to take Salah’s lead in how to handle them.
Mo is also at the absolute peak of physical fitness. If Elliott can glean anything from him, how to look after his body should be right at the top of the list.
There are still such high hopes for Elliott at Liverpool. He has looked sharp ahead of a return to training, and was recently called ‘unbelievable’ by England U21 teammate Keane Lewis-Potter via Hull Daily Mail.
Learning from players like Salah is one way in ensuring he manages to reach his excellent potential.