James Milner feels ‘people forget’ just how young Harvey Elliott actually is. The Liverpool midfielder shone against Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp put a lot of faith in Harvey Elliott on Sunday. He started him on the right of a 4-4-2 as Liverpool hosted Manchester City at Anfield – a position Mohamed Salah usually plays.
But Elliott looked great against Rangers in the role last week. In fact, we came away feeling it was his perfect position as someone who can play the role with freedom. Klopp appeared to like his performance, too, backing him to deliver against the champions.
And the teenager certainly did that. Elliott put in a fine display, both defensively and with the ball. It was enough that James Milner was sure to talk about him after the final whistle.
“Harvey has so much ability and he’s still a young guy,” Milner told Stadium Astro. “People forget that because he’s got so much ability. The more information I can give him from behind helps but he works so hard for the team.”
How young Harvey Elliott still is
This is a tough season for Elliott in what’s supposed to be his breakout campaign. Of course, last season was also supposed to be that – an injury tore those plans up.
But this time, it’s not an injury that’s disrupting Elliott. Instead, it’s the team’s form as his central midfield role has entirely disappeared from the side. Klopp switching to 4-4-2 took away the need for a no.10 or no.8-type midfielder.
That led to questions over where Elliott could even play. Well, he’s found his role and it’s an incredibly exciting one.
Elliott deserves all the credit in the world for that. Adapting to a new system on the fly isn’t easy for any player – let alone a teenager who isn’t yet established at the highest level. Yet he was still able to deliver against Man City.
It’s been obvious for a while but Liverpool have a very special player in Elliott.