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Loan Focus: Harvey Elliot Lodges Yet Another Assist for Blackburn Rovers

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The Liverpool loanee has continued to be central to Rovers results, setting up the lone goal in a contested win against Middlesbrough.

Harvey Elliot points to where he wants to see a teammates’ run in the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Middlesbrough at Ewood Park on November 3, 2020 in Blackburn, England.
Harvey Elliot points to where he wants to see a teammates’ run in the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Middlesbrough at Ewood Park on November 3, 2020 in Blackburn, England.
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This weekend the youngster teed up Blackburn Rovers teammate Joe Rodwell midway through the second half, earning his side three points against mid-table rivals Middlesbrough — and earning himself an eighth Championship assist.

Harvey Elliot set up Rodwell cleverly, showing his ability on the ball in tight spaces by playing a one-two with Adam Armstrong to open up the Boro defense, then cutting the ball back to Rodwell for a relatively simple finish, as the player now found himself in acres of space in front of goal.

The pass was Elliot’s eighth assist on the season, which brings the seventeen-year-old’s total goal involvements this season to 12 (8 assists, 4 goals).

While he still has some development to do, it’s undeniable that the Liverpool loanee shows buckets of promise on a consistent basis.

Speaking a month ago, Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray emphasized his centrality to the young side.

“He’s a wonderful talent, he’s a brilliant individual to work with as well.

“I tell the team to give him the ball. The special talents in the team are generally the ones who make the right decision with the ball, they make the right decisions.”

In an injury-hit season, Liverpool fans watching the youngster progress will be licking their lips at the promise of Elliot working with the likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané, and Roberto Firmino (and Diogo Jota when he returns from injury).

It’s unclear as yet, however, if Jürgen Klopp and Co. will wait for the youngster to progress in age a bit more before giving him a chance in the Liverpool first team, perhaps with another loan next season. Whether we see him in a red shirt sooner or later, though, the player has certainly done enough to keep eyes trained on him.