Harvey Elliott has been impressed by working alongside Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, however now he sees the duo as a part of the competitors for first-team alternatives at Liverpool.
Elliott was handed his full Premier League debut by Jurgen Klopp in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Burnley, turning into the tenth youngest participant begin a top-flight sport for Liverpool and the youngest since Ben Woodburn in April 2017.
The 18-year-old beforehand appeared for Fulham aged simply 16 years and 30 days, making him the youngest participant to look in Premier League historical past.
Nevertheless, after a constructive mortgage spell with Blackburn within the Championship final time period, Elliott is again at Anfield and proving he can match proper in to Klopp’s group.
“The primary few coaching classes after I first arrived at Liverpool was like, woah, I’m truly coaching with these guys,” Elliott responded to The Athletic and BT Sport about Salah and Mane.
“Going from watching them reside on TV to seeing them in particular person and coaching alongside them, you actually realise what a presence they carry. They’re world-class gamers however we’re all right here to struggle for a spot within the group.
“We’re all competing for a similar factor. Now I look upon them as my competitors. I study quite a bit from them.
“They’re nice inspirations to youngsters world wide — and to me too — with what they’ve been by way of and what they’ve achieved. I need to obtain massive issues like they’ve.”
“I assumed he was excellent”
Skipper @JHenderson was filled with reward for Harvey Elliott after his show towards Burnley
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 23, 2021
Utilized in a midfield function towards Burnley, Elliott produced three key passes – the third-most of any Liverpool participant – and accomplished 90 per cent of his tried passes within the opposing group’s half. Solely Trent Alexander-Arnold, who arrange Mane to make it 2-0, tried extra (42).
Teenager Elliott is aware of he should carry on enhancing to problem Salah and Mane, who grew to become the fifth participant to hit 50 residence objectives for Liverpool together with his second-half strike at Anfield.
“Even to at the present time I’m not as fast as I’d prefer to be,” he admitted.
“You possibly can by no means be proud of what you might be, you all the time must push your self. I nonetheless want to enhance my pace, particularly whenever you have a look at gamers like Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.”
Requested about being versatile, he defined: “It’s what gamers want of their sport, with the ability to adapt to completely different positions.
“It provides me extra of an opportunity of moving into the group. It’s been a problem to adapt.
“It’s a case of getting your head round figuring out the place it’s worthwhile to be, how and when it’s worthwhile to press, figuring out who you might be needing to take care of on their group. I’m having fun with taking part in some place else.”