Harvey Elliott started the last game of the Championship season on the bench for Blackburn Rovers, but he finished the game, and his loan deal, in style. The young winger came on with just over 30 minutes to play with his team leading 3-2 over Birmingham in a wide open affair.
With under 10 minutes left to play, and his team clinging to the lead, Elliott made a run from deep into the right channel. He received a wonderful crossfield ball from Corey Evans, took the ball down, and then drove into the box with a defender bearing down on his back. The keeper came out to cut the angle, but Elliott delivered a delicate right-footed chip to loft the ball over the keeper and into the goal.
It was Harvey Elliott’s seventh goal of the season, capping off a spectacular year on loan. The youngster was the creative hub for his team despite just turning 18 years old in April. Elliott finished the season with 7 goals and 11 assists, good for a goal or assists every 153 minutes. You can check out all of his goal contributions below.
Harvey Elliott - All 7 Goals & 11 Assists - 2020/21 pic.twitter.com/xe7SUHPIkz— MB (@MrBoywunder) May 9, 2021
Elliott will return to Liverpool FC from his loan deal on fantastic form and confidence. The youngster will likely get a full preseason with the senior team to fight for a spot with the first team. His creativity and vision could provide a nice spark for a Liverpool team that has looked bereft of ideas for much of the season.
It will be interesting to see what role Harvey Elliott occupies. He played primarily on the right wing this season in the spot Mohamed Salah plays currently. They are very different players, however. Elliott does not have the speed of Salah, and he likes to occupy and create in some of the positions we are used to seeing Trent Alexander-Arnold. He could also play in the hole if Liverpool move to more of a 4-2-3-1. This may take advantage of his close control and ability to pick a pass, but he would have to improve his strength.
Where do you think Harvey Elliott ends up next season? Back on loan? Sticking with Liverpool as a right winger or an attacking midfielder?