Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott Could To Hit Stardom This Season

Neither Liverpool nor Chelsea could find a winner in this evening’s exciting Premier League encounter (BBC Match Report).

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp went with experience in the main as his side faced up to the well fancied Chelsea. Andy Robertson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino all found their way back into the German’s starting line-up.

Yet Klopp also decided to allow youngster Harvey Elliott to retain his place within the first eleven.

It was a big call to keep the teenager in the side but Elliott didn’t let his gaffer down.

The recently called up England under-21 man (Source – The Guardian) certainly wasn’t overawed by the occasion as he continually searched out the ball and he hardly put a foot wrong during the fierce battle.

Playing against the likes of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic can really intimidate some players but Harvey seemed to relish the chance to shine against such opposition.

The eighteen year old has played in each of Liverpool’s three Premier League games thus far, starting the last two. He’s currently keeping the likes of Thiago, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita out of the team and deservedly so too!

No player from either side made more passes than Harvey did against Chelsea (86). Of those passes, the young midfielder also made the most accurate passes (75) and boasted a passing success rate of 87%. The midfielder also has over 100 touches of the ball and only Trent Alexander-Arnold would beat that stat (Stats from Whoscored).

Harvey plays with that awkwardness and roughness that only seems to come from a young prodigious talent. He is direct, runs all day and doesn’t let a mistake or two bother him.

His emergence this term, after a very fruitful loan spell at Blackburn Rovers last season, could really soften the blow of losing Dutch midfield star Georginio Wijnaldum to PSG this summer.

Klopp has already suggested that Harvey will see more first team football this year due to Gini’s recent departure:

“Last weekend it is not that Harvey was the saviour of our midfield problem because obviously we don’t have one. But if Gini was still here then Harvey might not have played against Burnley. I knew before that there was a good chance he would play well and he did.”

Klopp Via iNews

If his start to this campaign is anything to go by, then Harvey Elliott could really be set for superstardom at Anfield. I believe he’ll only get better and better under a great coach like Jurgen Klopp.

His maturity on the ball and eagerness to impress may help The Reds to out gun most midfields and see him even catch Gareth Southgate’s eye!

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