Harvey Elliott “going to be in the Premier League for sure” after loan breakthrough – Liverpool FC
Posted On March 26, 2021
Blackburn and former Liverpool midfielder Stewart Downing prompted Harvey Elliott to settle in the Premier League, following his exceptional loan at Ewood Park.
Elliott recently landed his 10th assist of the season with Blackburn, adding to his tally of five to become the most productive teenager in the Premier League, Championship, League One and League Two.
While manager Tony Mowbray has limited his starts in recent weeks and Rovers’ form has taken a slowdown, this is arguably the perfect loan for the 17-year-old.
And although Blackburn’s candidacy appears to have ended, views may be set for next season and a step forward for Elliott, who could see him play a role in Liverpool’s first team.
Downing, speaking to Goal’s Neil Jones, believes he might be ready for the Premier League already as he shows the potential to be a long-term top-flight player.
“From what I’ve seen so far he’s going to be in the Premier League for sure,” said the former Liverpool No.19.
“I know [former Liverpool scout] Jonathan Woodgate well, and he’s pretty close to Michael Edwards.
“He asked me about Harvey when he came to Blackburn, and I was like ‘Holy shit, he’s awesome!’
“It’s his understanding of the game. When to pass the ball, when to dribble, when to come inside, when to stay wide. For someone so young, this is the first choice.
Downing is clearly impressed with Elliott, having played alongside the youngster 13 times so far, and his relationship with Woodgate – who worked with Liverpool for seven months between 2016 and 2017 – could give an indication of the club’s thinking.
However, the winger faces a challenge if he is to return to Anfield next season, with Downing accepting that it will be difficult to supplant Mohamed Salah on the right.
“Woody told me they had high hopes for him at Liverpool, and I can understand why. But he knows better than anyone that he has a lot of work to do to join the team, ”he continued.
“It’s one thing to do it at Blackburn, but we’re talking about a team that wants to win top-notch leagues and champions leagues.
“Liverpool must challenge and Harvey must get Mo Salah out of the team!
“But things can happen. If Salah leaves or gets hurt, then he may stand a chance, and it’s up to him to grab it.
“He has quality, and playing with better players will bring him the best. And Klopp obviously loves him, so he has a chance.
According to Downing, Elliott “does it well” and “seems to have limitless energy,” and despite inevitable drops in his contribution, the 36-year-old maintains that even during quiet times, “he’s still our most creative. player.”
Thriving in a struggling team could showcase the teenager as an even more valuable asset for Liverpool, with the mental side of the game being as important as the technique.
It remains to be seen whether he will return to Merseyside to play a regular role next season, but praise from a seasoned player like Downing will be hugely encouraging as it’s clear Elliott has a bright future with the Reds.