Harvey Elliott has emerged as a key player for Liverpool and Graeme Souness has been impressed by the midfielder.
Harvey Elliott’s performances for Liverpool have earned plaudits from Graeme Souness, following the teenager’s breakout season in a Red’s shirt.
The 18-year-old has stepped up to Jurgen Klopp’s side, following Gini Wijnaldum’s departure, and has played a key role in the team’s positive start to the campaign.
Elliott has impressed fans and media alike, after having earned his first Premier League start in the second game of the season and retaining his place for the team’s pivotal clash with Chelsea.
Former Liverpool captain Souness has delivered his verdict on Elliott’s potential, whose performances initially earned him a first call-up to the England U21 squad during the international break.
“Like most people, I didn’t really know about him, and when I’ve seen him play I’ve been really impressed”, Souness admitted.
“He has a football nous that you normally get in your mid-20s onwards as a midfield player, and he’s destined to be a star with a couple of caveats.
“If he is prepared to turn up every day and learn and want to get better – and when I say every day, until the day he stops playing football for Liverpool or at any other club – and if he avoids injury. He looks to have absolutely everything.”
Souness, who can be a tough pundit to impress, appears to have been won over quickly by the former Fulham man.
The Englishman excelled while on loan in the Championship at Blackburn Rovers last season, where he notched up 18 combined goals and assists, he was handed an opportunity to earn a place in Liverpool’s first-team squad during pre-season.
However, despite initially being viewed as a wide forward, Jurgen Klopp has deployed the youngster as a central midfield player in recent weeks, and Souness has spoken about how the German coach would have reached that decision.
“For Jurgen [Klopp], or for any manager when you’ve got someone like him in your ranks, you’re looking at him, you’re involving him with the first team”, he told the Sky Sports Essential Football podcast.
“He can move the ball quicker than maybe you thought he could; he can think quicker than maybe you thought he could.
“In training, you’ll go ‘yeah, he’s ready, but the only question mark you have after that is, ‘how will he deal playing at Anfield or another big football club and the pressure of having to win every single game you play?’
“He looks to be handling that without any issues whatsoever. He’s destined to be a top player.”
Liverpool will look forward to continuing their impressive start to the league when they play against Leeds United at Elland Road.