Having already made eight senior appearances for Liverpool this season, it could be easy sometimes to forget that Harvey Elliott only turned 17 in April and still hadn’t signed his first professional contract after moving to Anfield from Fulham last summer.
Today, though, with the end of a highly promising first season with the Premier League champion-elects drawing near, Elliott is no longer a youth player: the boyhood Liverpool fan has signed a long-term contract with the club, his first as a professional.
“It’s been an indescribable journey so far,” Elliott told the club’s website after putting pen to paper on his deal. “I think now to top it off with my first professional contract is a dream come true for me and my family. I’m excited to see what the future holds.”
Elliott’s contract follows on from a new deal for fellow youngster Curtis Jones as the club loos to tie down its most promising youth stars—and to perhaps signal they will have an expanded role next season, even if Jürgen Klopp says they won’t be rushed.
“Harvey is such an exciting prospect,” noted Klopp. “We all know his qualities—we have seen them this season in the first team and U23s. I love his attitude, love his enthusiasm, love his bravery—love the fact he has the right amount of football confidence.
“What is critical is that he is given time and space to develop. He is young and he is in the early stages of his development still. What is great is that he has the perfect culture here and we will protect him. So, we will all be part of his story as it unfolds.”