'Really good player': Jurgen Klopp says he's been very impressed by 19-year-old Liverpool youngster in pre-season
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'Really good player': Jurgen Klopp says he's been very impressed by 19-year-old Liverpool youngster in pre-season

Jurgen Klopp says he’s delighted with the way Harvey Elliott has begun pre-season training for Liverpool this year.

In quotes from the Liverpool Echo, it’s clear that Klopp has been impressed with the way Elliott has been applying himself in the last 10 days.

“Harvey is a really good player, nobody should be surprised by that,” said the Liverpool manager. “It’s not going to be the most important season of his life because he has another 20 to go but he had a very good start this year again and now we have to work with him, like with everybody.”

Elliott looked lively in the opening half an hour of yesterday’s loss to Manchester United. The signs are promising that he’s finding his best level after a long time out injured last season.

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Klopp still Elliott’s number one fan

It isn’t the first time that Klopp has been impressed with Elliott in pre-season. The 19-year-old’s displays last summer helped him fight his way into the manager’s early season elevens of 2021/22.

At that time, the teenager’s inclusion was a surprise to many. Should the same thing happen this time around too, it won’t be.

Elliott had been looking sharp in training videos prior to joining up with the squad on 4th July. He’s clearly kept himself in good shape during the weeks away.

That’s a good job, too. It’s understandable that the England U21 star looked a little rusty after returning from injury last season. But he couldn’t afford to return with the same standard – he needs to kick on.

Liverpool reportedly turned down some loan offers for Elliott this summer, Klopp clearly has him featuring prominently in his plans.

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In order for that to make sense, he has to be given reasonable game-time. A lack of it at this stage of his development, and Elliott could start to stagnate. With all the talent he has, he needs to be on the pitch more.

The man himself has no qualms about his capacity to deliver if called upon for Liverpool. Elliott has claimed he can score ’15 or 20′ Premier League goals next season if given the opportunity.

That may seem fanciful at this stage, but keep impressing Klopp, and he’ll be given the chance to try to back that up.

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