Exclusive: Talks continue wiith Director of Football over skilful playmaker with multiple suitors

Despite talks between Liverpool and Brentford as well as interest from Watford and Blackburn, Jurgen Klopp is yet to decide what to do with Harvey Elliott ahead of next season.

We reported exclusively last week that Brentford had made contact with Liverpool over signing Harvey Elliott on loan but that the Merseyside club has concerns over game time guarantees.

After further enquiries, we have learned that Director of Football Rasmus Ankersen is their liaison with Liverpool but with pre-season only set to start on July 12th, no decision has been made on where Elliott will play next season.

The Bees are serious about taking him on loan but with Liverpool not rushing Elliott on this summer, any further updates will likely be based on hypotheticals.

BURTON UPON TRENT, ENGLAND - MARCH 25: Harvey Elliott of England looks on during the England Under 19 Training session at St George's Park on March 25, 2021 in Burton upon Trent, England.
BURTON UPON TRENT, ENGLAND – MARCH 25: Harvey Elliott of England looks on during the England Under 19 Training session at St George’s Park on March 25, 2021 in Burton upon Trent, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

The Mirror reported this weekend that Watford are interested but we understand they are yet to make contact while Blackburn, who made their desire to keep Elliott known before the season had even ended, are still keen to take the player back next season but aren’t currently in active dialogue with Liverpool over the 18-year-old.

Bournemouth also admire the left-footed prodigy but their intentions over actually making a move are unknown at this point.

The Cherries’ manager Jonathan Woodgate is close to Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards but with his future at the club uncertain, a loan move to Bournemouth will have little to do with that.

Liverpool’s priority with Elliott above everything is to continue his meteoric rise to the top, with the former Fulham starlet considered to be one of the most exciting talents, not just at Anfield, but in the Premier League overall.

BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: Blackburn Rovers' Harvey Elliott during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Reading at Ewood Park on October 27, 2020 in Blackburn, England.
BLACKBURN, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 27: Blackburn Rovers’ Harvey Elliott during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Reading at Ewood Park on October 27, 2020 in Blackburn, England. (Photo by Dave Howarth – CameraSport via Getty Images)

Only Emiliano Buendia (16) and Michael Olise (12) got more assists than Elliott (11) this season while fellow Liverpool loanee, Harry Wilson, also managed 11.

Elliott (18) is younger than them all, with Olise the closest in age although he will be 20 later this year.

A decision on Elliott’s future will likely only be decided after Klopp has the chance to see him in training this summer but there is no rush to make a decision on a player that is so important to the club’s long-term future.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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