Liverpool have issued a statement on the video that has surfaced of Harvey Elliott and the player’s subsequent and timely apology.
Following his move to Anfield from Fulham, the teenager has been thrust into the limelight, which means his every move – including those on social media – are scrutinised – past and present.
A clip of Elliott making offensive comments about England skipper Harry Kane has been shared heavily on Twitter – and in fairness – it’s not something that should be shrugged off completely.
For that reason, we’re glad Elliott apologised and that the club has now followed it up with this message, which seems to put a line under the whole event.
“The club believes Harvey is right in offering a full and unreserved apology for the comments made in the video,” a club spokesman said, cited in Goal.
“Clearly the use of such language is completely wrong and not in keeping with our values or what we would expect from any employee.
“Given the clip was recorded prior to the player signing for the club and was not in the public domain at that time, we won’t be making any further comment publicly.”
Elliott has literally just turned 16, and almost everybody at that age said something stupid, offensive or without thinking – especially when messing around with mates.
From now on though, he’ll be aware of his the responsibility off the pitch that comes with playing for Liverpool.
The poor lad probably feels quite embarrassed about the whole thing, when he’d like to be lapping up the adulation from his cameo v Lyon.
But let’s now let it settle, and focus on his prodigal footballing ability.