'I have to': Liverpool boast a pair of teenagers who have a world-class mentality, they're going to go far

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'I have to': Liverpool boast a pair of teenagers who have a world-class mentality, they're going to go far

Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho each showed a world-class trait this week. The two of them will thrive at Liverpool.

We’re not entirely sure what they’re doing at Fulham’s academy but it’s working. Liverpool now boast a couple of teenagers from the Cottagers, having signed both Harvey Elliott and now Fabio Carvalho from the club.

The two of them quite clearly have all the technical ability you could ask for. In fact, Carvalho is already impressing teammates with what he can do on the ball.

And Elliott, of course, has been an elite prospect for some time and performed to a high level in the Premier League last season. Encouragingly, he’s also a huge fan of Carvalho after playing with him at Fulham.

But talent and technical ability will only get you so far. An enormous part of playing at the top level is developing the right mentality – even the best players can drift away if they don’t do that.

Fortunately, Liverpool have found a couple of teenagers here that consistently show they have that mentality.

Harvey Elliott & Fabio Carvalho

Elliott has been showing that mentality for some time and did so again this week. When asked what his goal target was for the season, the teenager aimed as high as he could – 15 to 20. He even knows that it’s a huge ask but believes in challenging himself.

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And Carvalho, too, shows incredible confidence and belief in himself. The Portuguese playmaker debuted on Tuesday and was unlucky in hitting the post. His reaction to that was perfect.

“I had the chance obviously and it hit the post,” he told Liverpoolfc.com. “But next game I’m sure I will get a goal, and that’s the mentality I have to go to the next game with.”

The two of them have exactly what you need – humility, composure and belief. Both Elliott and Carvalho show it in spades and the two of them will go far. Combine their mentalities with outstanding technical ability and you’ve got two players who can thrive at Liverpool for a long time to come.

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