“I’m really excited about seeing him”: Klopp raves about teenage Liverpool star ready to explode onto the scene

Liverpool have always been blessed with top young talent throughout their history and their current crop is not exactly bad either.

With talented younger stars in the squad, one who looks set for a big season is Harvey Elliot.

Last season he burst onto the scene, starting three out of the first four Premier League games for the Reds.

With comments from manager Jurgen Klopp and performances in pre-season so far, this season could very much be Elliot’s true breakout season.

New season, new goals and Klopp’s backing

It’s no secret Klopp is a big fan of Elliot – as said recently to the Athletic that there was “no need” to sign a new midfielder due to the former Blackburn player being in their squad.

“He is very young. He came back brilliant (from the injury), then had a little low — that is completely normal after being that long out. So I’m really excited about seeing him.”

Elliot himself has been putting in the work even before pre-season started and is hoping to hit the ground running this season.

“I’ve just got to prove myself to the manager and put myself in the best possible position to get minutes,” Elliott tells The Athletic.

“I’m enjoying my football again and it’s my dream to be able to put on the shirt for this club.

“I did a bit more in terms of fitness work this summer to ensure I was in the best possible position coming back. I lost a fair bit of weight in the off-season. I had a target last season, which I reached, and I’ve done it again.”

Elliot’s fast start to last season earned plaudits aplenty from ex-players

Elliot, 19, was flying at the start of last season – he had started three out of the first four league games including a huge clash with rivals Chelsea.

Sky Sports pundit and former Liverpool footballer Graeme Souness waxed lyrical of Elliot following the Chelsea game when speaking to the Sky Sports Essential Football podcast: “For Jurgen [Klopp], or for any manager when you’ve got someone like him in your ranks, you’re looking at him, you’re involving him with the first team.”

“He looks to be handling that without any issues whatsoever. He’s destined to be a top player.

His bright start to the season was then derailed after he dislocated his ankle in an accidental challenge with Leeds defender Pascal Struijk.

This saw him miss 30 games and he was eased slowly back into contention but struggled to get back into the Liverpool setup due to the form of Naby Keita and Thiago.


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