Klopp’s comments about Elliott hint at new role for talented starlet in upcoming season

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Jurgen Klopp has suggested that Liverpool could look to utilise highly-rated starlet Harvey Elliott in a midfield role beyond pre-season, as quoted in a tweet by club journalist James Pearce.

Speaking after the Reds’ 1-1 stalemate with Athletic this afternoon, the German was keen to highlight the 18-year-old’s versatility.

The former Fulham Academy graduate has been one of pre-season’s standout performers, excelling in the middle of the park alongside Naby Keita.

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Having enjoyed a remarkable campaign in the Championship last term as a forward, it’s not the kind of role some may have tipped Elliott to be handed prior the resumption of the domestic season.

Nonetheless, it has proven to be something of a selection masterstroke from Klopp, which could benefit both player and club, allowing the teenager to earn more opportunities for minutes with the senior side beyond domestic cup competitions.

The future certainly looks very bright for the youngster, who has surpassed expectations since his loan spell.

We still think a proper replacement for Gini Wijnaldum is an absolute must in the current window but it certainly can’t hurt to have extra options in midfield to choose from.

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