Former Premier League midfielder Dean Windass is backing young winger Harvey Elliott to end up becoming a legend at Liverpool later in his career.

Windass says Elliott is a great player and he has enjoyed watching him for Liverpool in cup games, before his loan move to Blackburn Rovers in the summer. Elliott played one League Cup match earlier this season for Liverpool, assisting a goal before sealing his loan exit.

Speaking exclusively to ThisIsFutbol, Windass offered his thoughts on Elliott and his potential.

“He’s got a bright, bright future and he’ll end up being probably a legend for Liverpool because he is a great player. He is a talent, is the kid, and I enjoyed watching him in the cup games.”

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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 17: Harvey Elliott of Liverpool runs with the ball during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Aston Villa and Liverpool FC at Villa Park on December 17, 2019 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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It is difficult to predict how a player’s career is going to pan out because there are so many moving parts that are impossible to judge right now. How will his attitude hold up? Will he continue his growth at the current rate? Could a manager change put him out of favour? Will he sustain any injuries? There are so many things that could go wrong or change, so to claim that he will become a legend is rather hopeful.

However, his performances for Blackburn in the Championship this season show that he is currently on the right track. He has produced four goals and four assists in 14 starts, averaging an impressive WhoScored rating of 7.09, highlighting the consistency of his play in a Blackburn shirt so far. Given that Elliott is only 17, this is an incredible achievement for the winger and shows that he has plenty of potential moving forward.

Elliott now needs to keep this up and continue to develop as a player throughout the rest of the season. If he can do that and then make an impression on Jurgen Klopp next summer he could be in with a shot at being in the first-team squad for the 2021/22 campaign, which could be his platform to become  – as Windass puts it – a Liverpool legend in the future.

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