Jamie Carragher backs Harvey Elliott to play big role for Liverpool

Jamie Carragher has backed Harvey Elliott to potentially make his breakthrough at Liverpool this season.

During an interview with Liverpool Echo, Jamie Carragher has offered his thoughts on Harvey Elliott. The former defender believes that the youngster may receive opportunities in the first-team and potentially make an impact at Anfield in the coming season.

Formerly of the Fulham youth academy, Elliott has been part of the LFC youth setup since 2019. But after failing to make an immediate impact in Merseyside, he was shipped to Blackburn Rovers last summer in a season-long loan deal.

It turned out to be an excellent move for Elliott, who thrived at Blackburn last season. He chipped in with seven goals and eleven assists, helping the Rovers achieve a respectable mid-table finish.

Carragher, who himself has a whopping 737 career appearances for Liverpool, has hailed the youngster for his performances in the Championship. “He was outstanding last season, one of the best players in the Championship for such a young lad,” he said, speaking to Liverpool Echo.

Rhian Brewster, Neco Williams and Harvey Elliott are all in line for their Anfield bows. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Is Elliott ready for first-team football at Anfield? (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Many believe Harvey Elliott is set to become an integral part of Jurgen Klopp’s setup next season, especially as the club prepares for life without Xherdan Shaqiri. The Swiss international has already confirmed he is leaving, potentially opening the door for a new player to come in and take his place.

Carragher believes that player could Elliott, stating: “I actually see Harvey coming in and taking the place of Shaqiri, really, who I think will move on, and he (Elliott) will have that role in the squad. It is interesting in pre-season he has played more central midfield than part of the front three because it’s always going to be difficult being a right-sided attacking player with a left foot when you have Mo Salah in front of you, but he will get opportunities.

“He is a player of huge quality and I am sure he is going to have a massive Liverpool future and, when you have someone who has that quality, it doesn’t matter about his age, you have to give them their head. I’d imagine Harvey Elliott will be getting 15 to 20 games this season,” he added.

Part of Liverpool’s pre-season preparation camp this summer, Harvey Elliott has made a solid impression in the friendlies. Even though there have been links with a move to Sheffield United, he is expected to be in the squad when the Reds kickstart their 2021/22 Premier League campaign with an away game against Norwich City in less than two weeks time.

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