Liverpool youngster Harvey Elliott is set to be included in the Reds’ squad for tonight’s Carabao Cup match against Arsenal.
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Sky Sports reported that the 16-year-old forward is likely to at least be in the matchday squad for the game at Anfield, having recently returned from a two-week suspension over a video he posted on social media in which he used offensive language in mocking Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
According to Sky Sports, the teenager trains with the first team virtually full-time, and Liverpool assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders praised him as “a very educated boy” and “really passionate for the game”.
In Liverpool’s previous Carabao Cup game against MK Dons last month, Elliott became the youngest-ever player to start a senior competitive match for the Reds at 16 years and 174 days, as noted by Sky Sports.
The ex-Fulham youngster made an impression against the League One outfit that night, twice hitting the woodwork and recording four shots and four successful dribbles (more than anyone else in the match), as well as making three key passes and completing 48 of his 55 passes (87.3% success rate). [via WhoScored]
Former Liverpool player Stephen Warnock told Sky Sports that the winger showed “a maturity way beyond his years” on his Reds debut, adding: “This guy is full of confidence and you could see it in his performance, how well he did. Very unfortunate not to score late on, he can be delighted with his performance.”
Sky Sports reporter Ben Grounds also alluded to the self-belief that Elliott showed against MK Dons, saying that “his head never dropped and he showcased his confidence in stoppage time as he cut onto his weaker foot only to see his effort again come back off the bar”.
The 16-year-old has been turning in some effective performances for the Reds’ underage teams, providing an assist in all three UEFA Youth League games so far this season and scoring in the EFL Trophy against Oldham, in addition to two further assists in Premier League 2. [via TransferMarkt]
Tonight’s match offers Elliott an ideal chance to put the indiscretions of his Kane-themed social media video behind him by turning in another impressive performance, if he is selected by Jurgen Klopp.
His frequent goal involvements at youth level and his confident display against MK Dons suggest that the teenage winger would not be fazed by starting against Arsenal.
Plus, with the Reds’ senior right wingers Mohamed Salah and Xherdan Shaqiri both experiencing recent injury problems, this seems the perfect opportunity to let Elliott express himself and further add to his confidence and experience.
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