Former Liverpool star Luis Garcia hailed Harvey Elliott for an ‘astonishing’ goal against Wolves on Tuesday evening. The youngster produced something amazing.
Liverpool went into their FA Cup 3rd round replay with Wolves low on confidence. Jurgen Klopp attempted to help that by ringing the changes, handing opportunities to those who haven’t started in recent games.
One of those was Harvey Elliott, who went out onto the right flank. It’s his natural position but one Liverpool don’t typically use him in. Klopp has attempted to convert the youngster into a midfielder with admittedly mixed results.
But Elliott showed just how much he can thrive as a winger here. The 19-year-old picked up the ball inside his own half before carrying it 30 yards. Still 25 from goal, Elliott hammered a dipping shot over José Sa and into Wolves’ goal – a wonder strike.
Luis Garcia, who scored his fair share of similar strikes for Liverpool, immediately hailed the youngster on Twitter.
“What a talent,” he wrote. “Harvey Elliott run, check, decide and finish an astonishing goal. Brilliant!!”
Harvey Elliott scores for Liverpool
What a talent, indeed. This was Elliott’s ability on full display – a reminder that he’s actually one of the most promising young players in the country.
That hasn’t always been evident this season. Elliott has struggled for form and rhythm in a struggling Liverpool side. It hasn’t been the right team to learn the midfield position, essentially.
Of course, it’s difficult for Elliott to get games as a winger, given Mohamed Salah plays out there. But perhaps a switch of formation could change things – there’s certainly room in a 4-4-2 if the Egyptian moves centrally.
Because Elliott looks so at home as a winger, able to drift into different areas and focus on attacking. While we believe he can become an elite midfielder, this just isn’t the right time for the experiment.
And Elliott emphatically reminded us all just how great he can be if you give him the freedom to be himself.