Leeds United have been boosted by the news that Liverpool could be without exciting youngster Harvey Elliott for this weekend’s Premier League clash.
The Lowdown: Elliott bursts onto the scene
The 18-year-old enjoyed a superb loan spell at Blackburn Rovers last season, scoring seven goals and registering 11 assists in the Championship.
Jurgen Klopp has kept hold of Elliott in 2020/21, however, seeing him as a key squad player and handing him two starts in the first three Premier League games – his place in the first XI against Chelsea shows exactly how crucial he is to Klopp’s plans this term.
The Latest: Youngster could miss Leeds clash
The midfielder could be absent when Leeds host Liverpool on Sunday afternoon, however, with The Yorkshire Evening Post‘s Graham Smyth reporting that he picked up a knock on England Under-21 duty.
Elliott has now returned to Anfield for further assessment ahead of the weekend action.
The Verdict: Boost for Whites
Elliott looks an incredible young prospect, possessing great quality and creativity on the ball – it was his chest control and smart pass to Trent Alexander-Arnold that set up Sadio Mane’s goal in the Reds’ win vs Burnley.
He was hailed as ‘quality’ by Joe Cole on BT Sport after that match while Peter Crouch praised his confidence (via balls.ie), so him missing out would be a positive for Leeds.
That being said, Liverpool have an abundance of depth in the middle of the park, so whoever the Whites come up against will be strong.
Should Elliott miss out, a midfield-three of Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita is perhaps most likely, although Thiago is in contention, too.
Nonetheless, this could be one less quality player for Marcelo Bielsa to worry about in the coming days.
In other news, one pundit has questioned Leeds’ decision to sign one player this summer. Read more here.
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