#sports activities Harvey Elliott is proof that dreams can come true… he is running the midfield under Jurgen Klopp
The letter arrived on August 24, 2011. That night time, Liverpool would play at Exeter in a Carling Cup tie and win 3-1 however, for one younger fan, the day started with huge disappointment.
Back then, Harvey Elliott was a bit boy with a magic little left foot. He was a Liverpool supporter and his father, Scott, wished to see whether or not his eight-year-old might get an opportunity to check himself of their Academy, as he was positive he would not be misplaced.
He wrote off, hoping for optimistic information. But, as the household had been residing in Virginia Water and Harvey was attending the The Magna Carta School in Egham, geography meant the reply from Merseyside — 215 miles away — was sobering.
Harvey Elliott is a Liverpool supporter however lived to removed from the membership to hitch the membership’s academy
‘Thank you to your current letter,’ it started. ‘Unfortunately there are Premier League guidelines relating to journey distance for gamers. For Harvey, this could imply that he has to dwell inside one hour’s journey distance of the Academy to which he applies. Therefore, Harvey must strategy a neighborhood membership.
‘As to a signed shirt, for those who ship a shirt to us we’ll organize for it to be autographed though we can not provide you with a timescale of how lengthy this may take to be accomplished. We want Harvey good luck together with his footballing profession.’
Disappointment for younger boys can be profound however Elliott didn’t let it linger. If something, his need to play for Liverpool was strengthened and to see him scurrying round the pitch in midweek in opposition to Newcastle, together with his dad roaring him on from the Main Stand, reveals how dreams can come true.
Jurgen Klopp sees Elliott as a ‘actual expertise’ and has made him a first-team common this season
The path north has been lengthy and winding, beginning at Queens Park Rangers’ Academy — the place they nonetheless bear in mind a recreation for the Under 11s when he virtually singlehandedly turned a 4-1 deficit in opposition to Chelsea right into a 4-4 draw — and on to Fulham earlier than Liverpool signed him for £4.3million in 2019.
Elliott, now 19, has shone like a beacon throughout Liverpool’s begin to the marketing campaign. His expertise has at all times been obvious — he stays the youngest participant to seem in the Premier League, aged 16 years and 30 days for Fulham at Wolves — however the high quality that impresses you most is his character.
He will not get misplaced in the frenzy at Goodison Park at this time as a result of little phases him. When he made his first top-flight for Liverpool 12 months in the past in opposition to Burnley, he acquired some heavy early tackles however stored demanding the ball, displaying he could not be flustered.
Tony Mowbray (pictured) managed Elliott whereas at Blackburn and thought he was excellent
The earlier yr had been spent on mortgage at Blackburn Rovers and that transfer had been particularly chosen for him, as Liverpool knew Elliott would go to membership with a correct supervisor in Tony Mowbray who would assist his schooling.
‘In these 12 months, I’d say 99 per cent of the time he was simply completely excellent,’ Mowbray tells Sportsmail. ‘What a left foot he’s received, he will need to have provided 12-15 targets for Adam Armstrong and it was pleasure for our workforce to play with him.
‘What I favored most about him was his persona and character. I bear in mind a recreation we had at QPR. We had been drawing 0-0 at half-time and Harvey got here off having a row with our goalkeeper. He was 17 and giving his opinion on what he thought and I did not thoughts that in any respect.
Elliott impressed throughout a mortgage spell to Championship aspect Blackburn Rovers in 2020/21
‘We had a bit exchanges ourselves. Afterwards, he got here to see me. He listened to what I stated and was humble and apologetic, such child and comes from a stable household. He was simply determined to be taught and you can see that he was miles higher than Championship stage.
‘When you might be in Liverpool’s workforce at that age, it is received nothing to do with constructing you up. You’re in the workforce to assist them win.
He’s doing that. He’ll play for England someday. He’s like a golfer, with each membership in his bag. There is not a cross he can’t hit; lengthy, quick or little dinks with spin. He’s magic.’
Not to say fearless. He took a penalty in the shootout in opposition to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup last in February and by no means appeared like lacking and it confirmed why Liverpool had made the resolution the earlier August to promote Xherdan Shaqiri as a result of they knew what Elliott was going to do.
Liverpool offered Xherdan Shaqiri (pictured) to Lyon with the intention to assist Elliott’s prospects
There was, after all, a bump in the highway when he broke his ankle at Leeds final September however the fast response of Liverpool’s medical workforce — Dr Jim Moxon and physio Chris Morgan attended to him inside seven seconds of the damage — meant his rehabilitation was clean.
Things are actually thrilling for Elliott and Gareth Southgate will little question be watching his improvement. Klopp, understandably, won’t make any outlandish predictions about what the future holds for him however his delight at having the ability to handle a profession that is stuffed with wealthy potential is apparent.
‘When you see him play, you assume ‘Wow! 19!’ but it surely is all about the background, the place he has come from and the way he was raised,’ stated Klopp.
‘That’s Harvey, an actual expertise however all of us want luck in moments. Let’s simply hope he can develop and construct on this excellent foundation.’