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Harvey Elliott under consideration for England Under 21 call-up and set to receive Liverpool chance

Harvey Elliott under consideration for England Under 21 call-up with Jurgen Klopp prepared to give 18-year-old a chance to impress for Liverpool

  • Liverpool’s Harvey Elliott is being considered for England Under 21 call-up 
  • Jurgen Klopp is prepared to give the 18-year-old a bigger role for Liverpool 
  • Elliott, who can play as a winger or in midfield, has impressed in pre-season 

Harvey Elliott is being considered for a first England Under 21 call as Liverpool prepare to give one of the Premier League’s future stars his big chance.

The 18-year-old already holds the distinction of being the youngest player to appear in the top flight – he was 16 and 30 days when coming on as substitute for Fulham against Wolves in May 2019 – and Liverpool are ready to reward his progress with a bigger role this season.

Elliott, who signed a new long-term deal at the beginning of July, sparkled last year on loan at Blackburn but Liverpool have no intentions of letting him leave this time and he is pushing to be included in the starting line-up for Saturday’s opening fixture at Norwich.

Liverpool youngster Harvey Elliott is under consideration for his first England Under 21 call-up

If he isn’t in the team at Carrow Road, it will only be a matter of time before the exciting forward starts in the Premier League as Liverpool are adamant he is ready. He is a major reason why Liverpool would not look to sign a replacement if they sell Xherdan Shaqiri, who is a target for Lyon.

Jurgen Klopp – and many of his squad – have been impressed by the strides Elliott made during their summer training camp and his development has been noted by the Football Association, who recently appointed Lee Carsley to the role of Under 21 Head Coach.

Carsley is well aware of Elliott’s potential – he watched him play for Liverpool in an FA Cup tie at Anfield in February 2020 – and he is looking to build an exciting new squad; his first games next month are a friendly in Romania and a European Championship qualifier against Kosovo.

Recently-appointed England Under 21 coach Lee Carsley is well aware of Elliott's potential

Recently-appointed England Under 21 coach Lee Carsley is well aware of Elliott’s potential

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is prepared to give the 18-year-old a bigger role this season

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is prepared to give the 18-year-old a bigger role this season

‘He made a big step this pre-season,’ said Klopp. ‘If Harvey stays fit then the football world can be really excited. 

‘In pre-season we wanted to see him in a deeper role because as a young player you have to learn a lot of things.

‘When you are a bit more outside (on the pitch) you get the ball from time to time and we wanted him to be a bit more involved. I liked his performance during pre-season. Good for us and good for him.’ 

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