Liverpool have reportedly won the race to sign Fulham wonderkid and Premier League record-breaking midfielder Harvey Elliott.
Premier League record-breaking midfielder Harvey Elliott
The youngster had been tracked by the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Paris Saint Germain and RB Leipzig but will instead put pen to paper with the Reds.
Fulham had offered the teenager a scholarship, but this was rejected by Elliott, according to The Telegraph, with the talented midfielder keen to continue his development on Merseyside.
The Cottagers are set to receive a large compensation package from Liverpool when the transfer eventually goes through. So what do we know about this teen sensation?
Who is Harvey Elliott?
Born in 2003, Elliott in fact started out down the road in west London at QPR before signing for neighbours Fulham, where he grew up alongside the likes of Ryan and Steven Sessegnon, Denis Adeniran (now at Everton) and Matt O’Riley.
Despite only being 16 now, Elliott has drifted between Fulham’s Under-18 and Under-23 team for the past few seasons.
He became the youngest player to make an appearance for the Whites at 15 years and 174 days in their Carabao Cup win over Millwall last season. He later became the Premier League’s youngest player when he came on aged just 16 and 30 days against Wolves .
Style of play
Elliott plays right wing but is more of a modern inside forward who possess an incredible natural ability to read the game.
He runs with the ball superbly but is also great at positioning himself close to the final defender, before beating the offside trap and latching onto a through-ball to slot home.
Perhaps most notable about Elliott’s style is that he plays with a bravery beyond his years. He knows where the back of the net is and is calm in front of goal.
He’s not afraid to take a player on, nor is he to try the spectacular – he once scored from behind the halfway line in an academy game.
What’s been said about him?
Then caretaker, now Fulham head coach, Scott Parker had the following to say about Elliott after bringing him on against Wolves in the Premier League.
“Harvey is on the bench and gets on the pitch because he deserves to. He’s been outstanding in training over the past three weeks. He’s a special talent and we want to nurture him the best we can.”
Fulham captain Tom Cairney added: “He’s been a sensation since he joined in training a few months ago. He doesn’t look out of place and does some bits of magic that everyone says ‘wow.’
“His attitude and his belief in himself at such a young age is frightening. He’s got a great football brain, an eye for goal and is a very entertaining player. Hopefully he will have a long and successful career.”
What this says about Klopp
If Liverpool sign Elliott as they are expected to the transfer is another indication of the way Klopp is building for the future.
Over the past few years the German has splashed serious cash on the likes of Alisson and Virgil van Dyke, but he’s happy with the Champions League-winning side he has created and isn’t looking to disrupt it by signing big-name players from elsewhere.
Instead, by signing Sepp van den Berg and, potentially, Elliott, Klopp is looking to land youngsters in his mould that he can develop into possible first team players in the future.
Ultimately, it says he intends to remain as Liverpool boss for the foreseeable future.