Liverpool’s ‘little diamond’ with ‘frightening talent’ turning heads

It has been a tough few weeks for Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were dumped out of the FA Cup at the hands of Manchester United and have fallen six points behind their rivals at the top of the Premier League.

Their attack has been misfiring whilst defensive frailties have come to the fore in a frustrating few weeks at Anfield.

But it is not all doom and gloom for the Reds – with their top young talent Harvey Elliott continuing to turn heads.

Elliott, 17, is highly regarded at Anfield and has been earmarked as a future superstar since his move from Fulham in July 2019.

He was loaned out to Blackburn Rovers this campaign to gain vital first-team experience and has grasped his chance with both hands whilst his parent club struggle.

Elliott provided another assist at the weekend – his eighth of the campaign – as he set up Joe Rothwell’s winner at Middlesbrough.

It prompted Blackburn Rovers to label him the “Little Diamond” as they sung his praises on social media after the game.

And his team-mate, former Reds winger Stewart Downing, has already hailed him as a “frightening talent” this season having caught the eye in the Championship.

“We have to be careful with him because he’s still very young, but he’s almost the go-to man for us at the moment, he’s playing well and getting goals,” the ex-Liverpool winger told Blackburn’s official website last month.

“The manager’s probably trying to see whether he can rest him at some stage, but you have to play him at the minute.

“He’ll have ups and downs in his career, but he has that quality through a goal or an assist.

“But he’s fitted in so well here, he’s got a good environment around him and the lads all really look after him.

“It’s important for him to just keep enjoying his football.”

Downing also noted how Elliott is wise beyond his years in terms of his understanding of the game and work off the ball.

“I think the lads have spoken to each other and mentioned that you look back to when you were 17, you’re a bit a headless chicken, aren’t you?” he added.

“But Harvey’s game understanding, his quality, his knowledge of when to release the pass, even with his goal, he never panics.

“For the equaliser [against Rotherham], as soon as he took his first touch I was turning back because I knew it would be a goal.

“He has the finesse, the quality, but he’s also fitted into the group very well.

“He’s definitely got the quality, but he runs around and works hard as well.

“I think most would look at him and say ‘he’s good, he’s got the technical ability’, but he’s buying into everything, the pressing, the tracking back, he’s a real team player.”

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