Liverpool forward Harvey Elliott has revealed his plans for pre-season with Jurgen Klopp’s first-team as he aims to break into the squad.
Elliott says that he will be going into pre-season believing that he is capable of making the team. He says that he will do whatever it takes to ensure he is a part of Klopp’s plans next season, whether that is as a starting player or someone who can come off the bench and make an impact.
Speaking to CBS Sports, Elliott outlined his plans for the summer. “I’m going to go into pre-season thinking that I can get into this team.
“And whatever way my chance comes, it’s just about making sure I take it. Obviously, nothing’s going to come easy but [I want] to sort of make sure that I’m in [the squad].
“If I’m needed off the bench [I want to] make sure that I’m the person they look to.
“It is just making sure that I’m one of the go-to people to come on or to start and influence the game. That’s my position and that’s my role to score or create. I think if I’m doing that, and obviously working hard for the team as well, I think I’ve had a chance to be in and around it.
“I’m just going to do whatever it takes.”
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
It is great to hear how determined and focused Elliott is on breaking into the Liverpool squad. He is clearly highly motivated to make the breakthrough at Liverpool and he will give himself the best chance of achieving his goals if he keeps working hard to do so. However, he only turns 19 later this month and should not put too much pressure on himself to make an impact at Premier League level next season.
If he tries his best in pre-season and Liverpool deem that he is not ready for their first-team yet, Elliott should not get too down. A season out loan to a club lower down in the Premier League pecking order could do him the world of good, because he could go and play regular first-team football at the top level and pick up some valuable experience to take back to Anfield for the 2022/23 campaign.
Elliott has proven this season that he has the potential to make the step up to Premier League level. The 18-year-old has produced an impressive five goals and 10 assists for midtable side Blackburn on loan in the Championship, showing that he has been able to provide end product in the second tier at a consistent rate. He now needs to arrive for pre-season in the summer and show Klopp that he has what it takes.
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