Name: Harvey Elliott
Date of Birth: 4 April 2003
Position: Winger (Right/ left)
Harvey Elliott – His career so far
Harvey Elliott is one of the Liverpool prodigies that are still fairly fresh at the club, having only arrived in the summer of 2019 and still working hard to prove his worth to Jurgen Klopp and his troops at Anfield.
But that still doesn’t take anything away from the fact he is among the highest-rated rising stars within their academy as he’s currently plying his trade for their U23 squad. His professional career, however, started with Fulham and he enjoyed success with them before moving over to the Merseyside last year.
Elliott spent some time clawing through the Cottagers’ ranks, featuring both for their U18 and U23 squads – tallying five goals and four assists in 19 games for the former and one assist across six games for the latter – before making his senior debut with the team.
And that was a huge milestone for the young lad since he was only 16 years and 30 days when he came on as a substitute against Wolverhampton Wanderers, breaking a Premier League record in the process as well.
He could only muster three appearances for the seniors, however, before Liverpool swooped in and scooped up the young talent, making him one of the Reds. Since then, he’s been a regular presence in their U18 and U23 squads and is still formally registered in the latter team despite already making his mark with the seniors.
Three goals and four assists with the U23 team do suggest he’s already acclimatising to his new surroundings and a total of seven senior appearances are further proof of that as well.
He made his senior Liverpool debut by starting the League Cup tie at MK Dons on September 25 and his Premier League bow arrived not long after that as he featured as a substitute against Sheffield United at Anfield on January 2.
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Probably the biggest Liverpool news that’s currently out there for Elliott is the fact that he is reportedly set to sign a new, long-term contract in the following summer that should tie him down with the club until at least 2023.
Of course, this does suggest he is at Anfield for the long run and the upper hierarchy believe that his talent could blossom into something truly beautiful in the future.
And even if there were some transfer rumours around him at the moment, considering that that would not really be such a shock since he’s only 17 after all, just the fact that Klopp has given him seven chances with the senior team does suggest no such thing will happen or it at least makes it less likely.
Transfer rumours are bound to come by eventually but if his appearances and sheer talent are any indications at all, he should be pretty safe at Anfield for the time being.
In the day and age when wingers come in different shapes and sizes, Elliott looks set to become a more traditional wide man as opposed to following the new trends. We can say that because of his tendency to stay true to his wide positioning on the right side where he likes to hug the touchline and help his team stretch the opposition backline.
This is not to say that he is limited to only that particular role but he does excel at it, which makes it much easier to perform. But he is also a highly intelligent player who can become Liverpool’s creative playmaker from the wider areas.
Of course, this is further emphasised by his excellent dribbling abilities as he can boast with 2.67 dribbles per 90 minutes with an impressive 63% success rate. The main part, however, is in the fact that he can use his dribbles in the final third and in congested and tight areas to create space for himself and his teammates.
This makes him invaluable in both isolated scenarios and when his team faces a deep and compact block in front of them. The area in which we should expect him to improve the most, however, is the shooting and finishing.
While he is already a creative spark at Liverpool, we are yet to see him rattle the inside of the net for the seniors and he only averaged 1.28 shots per 90 minutes in 2019/20 with 46.2% of them hitting the target.
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