Former Leeds player and TalkSport pundit Michael Brown has backed Harvey Elliott to come back to Liverpool a better player after his loan spell with Blackburn.
Brown says that Tony Mowbray will get the best out of the young winger and will give him a good footballing upbringing this season.
Speaking to Football Insider, Brown offered his opinion on Elliott’s loan. “I think Tony Mowbray will get the best out of him, they’ve had a lot of injuries so it’s been a bit of hard work for them but I thought he showed some great touches.
“The ball for the second goal for Armstrong was sublime, a little cutting pass, he possibly could have had a penalty with his shirt pulled so I think it’ll be a really, really good sort of upbringing for him and he will go back to Liverpool a better player.”
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Elliott has already caught the eye at Blackburn in the Championship, with one goal and three assists in six games for Rovers so far. He boasts some impressive statistics along with his direct goal contributions, as he is creating 2.8 chances and completing one dribble per game in the Championship. Elliott, despite this being his first run of first-team football in his career, is already showing that he can compete at senior level in the second tier and that Mowbray can get the best out of him.
Brown says that Mowbray will be able to improve Elliott and get him to develop and that statement is already looking to be a fairly accurate prediction. Elliott is also backing up his attacking threat with a defensive work rate, averaging 1.7 tackles and 0.8 interceptions per game. This shows that Mowbray has managed to get Elliott in the mood to work hard defensively to help Blackburn at both ends of the pitch.
Hopefully, he can continue his good work defensively and offensively for Blackburn between now and the end of the season. If he is able to maintain these high standards and enjoy an excellent season in the Championship then he could force himself into contention at Liverpool, or at least give himself the chance to impress Jurgen Klopp in pre-season ahead of the 2021/21 campaign.
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