Harvey Elliott: ‘Everyone wants to talk’ about 18-year-old midfielder, says Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

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The 18-year-old midfielder was making his first Premier League start for Liverpool and he did not look out of place alongside established stars like Jota, Mane, Mo Salah and Virgil van Dijk.

“Everyone wants to tell me about Harvey and I fully understand,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said on the club’s website.

Liverpool signed Elliott from Fulham in 2019, who made his debut for the London club at the age of 15.

The two clubs were unable to agree on a fee when Elliott signed, but the Professional Football Compensation Committee (PFCC) ordered Liverpool to pay a “record” sum – believed to have reached 5.45 million dollars – for the teenager in February.
“Under the youth development rules, the PFCC is responsible for assessing the compensation due for a player who leaves an Academy at the end of his registration, if the parties cannot agree on the figure between them”, Fulham said earlier this year.

“After a full hearing, the PFCC decided that Fulham should be entitled to substantial compensation. The award (not disclosed) is a record amount for a 16-year-old and, under the circumstances, Fulham is very happy and thanks the PFCC for its careful consideration of the arguments we have advanced. “

Diogo Jota's header gave Liverpool a first-half lead against Burnley.
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Sadio Mane scored Liverpool's second goal.

“A wonderful talent”

Elliott played the entire game on Saturday and scored 77 touches.

“When an 18-year-old boy plays such a mature game, I can understand why everyone was asking for it, but I wasn’t surprised he played like this,” Klopp added.

“That’s exactly how he’s been training now for six or seven weeks since we got back, since he got back from loan. Yeah, that was a good one.”

Last season Liverpool loaned Elliott to Blackburn Rovers and Klopp said the teenager’s time playing in the second tier of English football has been key to his development.

“He’s a wonderful talent,” Klopp told the BBC. “The step he took in the championship was huge.

“He can play two, three, four positions – he’s a very smart footballer,” Klopp said.

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