Harvey Elliott’s loan to Blackburn last season couldn’t have gone much better.
His goals and assists, while good, don’t tell the whole story. This was someone who could impact games throughout with his playmaking and dribbling quality. He only turned 18 in April and he’s already shown himself capable of lighting up the Championship.
Now comes the stiffer test.
It’s clear that Elliott will be involved in the first team this season. Jürgen Klopp likes him, and there are minutes to be had as the fifth choice attacker behind Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota. And he’s ready to take his chance.
“Whether it’s coming off the bench and making an impact, whatever it is, I’m confident in myself. That’s the main goal, just to be in and around the team, get minutes.
“But it’s down to me, I need to show the people that I’m ready and show the gaffer that I’m ready. I’m certain I can do it.
“I think I played 42 games last season and, for a youngster, that’s a lot of games. [It’s about] knowing how to recover, knowing how to look after my body, knowing what to eat, knowing what to do on days off.
“It’s going to be a big season for me this season, I’m looking forward to it. I’m going to take everything I learned from last season and put it into this season.
“I just can’t wait to get started, can’t wait to get into the season and see what happens.
“It’s going to be hard, but in football you always have challenges, it’s just how you deal with it, how you rise above it and how you better yourself.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge, I’m looking forward to the competitiveness and I’m looking forward to hopefully getting minutes here and there.”
Look, there’s a lot of work still to be done. But Elliott is really talented. Keep working at it, and he really could be an asset for Liverpool now and in the future.