All eyes are on the Liverpool youngster Harvey Elliott as we anticipate his return to action, but how did he get to where he is today?
The eighteen-year-old returned to the pitch for the reds early in February, after what was a devastating blow to his kick-starting career during Liverpool’s 3-0 victory over Leeds United on 12th September 2021. He was on the receiving end of nothing short of a horror tackle from the Leeds man Pascal Struijk. Subsequently, Elliott suffered a dislocated ankle while Struijk was left serving a three-match ban.
Several heart-warming posts from LFC’s social media accounts updated their fans on Elliott’s road to recovery- one that was ahead of schedule thanks to his determination to be back playing in a Liverpool shirt. The 18-year-old scored his debut goal upon his return to action vs Cardiff City in the FA cup 4th round, which accompanied the loudest cheer of the day by the Anfield faithful.
The young man, originally from Surrey, has been a huge Liverpool fan his whole life; it’s clear to see why he’s been so eager to seize the opportunity that manager Jurgen Klopp has given him. He became a regular starter for the reds in the opening fixtures of the 2021-22 season, where an appearance was made from Elliott in all four of the opening games this season, with just one of them being from the bench.
Elliott was a part of Fulham’s academy from a young age, where he became the youngest ever first-team player to make an appearance in the EFL cup in September of 2018. Ever since then, he has begun to flourish, making appearances for Fulham off the bench before getting a dream move to his boyhood club at the young age of 16. After his transfer to Liverpool, Elliott has done nothing but show his fans and doubters alike, just how talented he is on the pitch.
The young Liverpool fan made his name increasingly more popular during his loan stint at Blackburn Rovers, which lasted from October 2020 until June 2021. Upon his return to Liverpool, he left Klopp with the best type of headache – who to start in the upcoming season. An incredible 41 appearances were made, registering 7 goals and 11 assists, something he should be extremely proud of at such a young age.
His hard work evidently paid off, as he is now a favourite amongst the Liverpool and Blackburn fanbases and is also becoming a name who simply cannot be left out of Jurgen Klopp’s team sheet, something which is truly telling of the young man’s talent when you look at the world class players at the Liverpool manager’s disposal.
Premier League legend James Milner has described Harvey Elliott as ‘incredible’, hailing him for his mental strength post injury, saying, ‘he’s been so positive from the start, to be honest’ and ‘he’s got a great mindset, he’s done all his work.’ His gaffer Jurgen Klopp has also joined in on the praise, claiming the youngster is ‘such an exciting prospect.’
A truly tantalizing young footballer and one who we all need to keep our eyes on for the future.