Liverpool fans go wild after starlet Harvey Elliott dazzles on first Premier League start in win over Burnley… with supporters claiming he ‘walks into England’s squad’ and teen is ALREADY better than Man City’s Jack Grealish
Liverpool sensation Harvey Elliott has been lavished with praise after the 18-year-old produced an outstanding performance on his first Premier League start – with some claiming he is an England certainty and already better than Jack Grealish.
Fleet-footed Elliott showed an abundance of energy and trickery to help the Reds roar past Burnley with a 2-0 win at Anfield, including an eye-catching early pass that allowed Mohamed Salah to score before the strike was ruled out by VAR for offside.
One admirer gushed: ‘Every single one of them was magnificent today but I’ve seen the future and it’s Harvey Elliott.’
Boss Jurgen Klopp (left) gave Harvey Elliott his first Premier League start as Liverpool won 2-0
Fans were very impressed by his performance against Burnley, comparing him to Jack Grealish
Cricket big-hitter Liam Livingstone was astonished at the composure the 18-year-old displayed
England limited-overs cricketer Liam Livingstone rhetorically asked: ‘How good is Harvey Elliott? And he’s only 18 – madness.’
On a testing slick surface, Elliott showed control and composure to receive a ball from Virgil van Dijk on the wing and locate fellow wideman Trent Alexander-Arnold for Liverpool’s second goal.
The full-back duly set up Sadio Mane to seal a memorable afternoon for Liverpool and Elliott that drew some viewers to compare him favourably to £100m Manchester City signing Grealish.
Perhaps the only frustration for Elliott was an assist for a Mo Salah strike that was disallowed
Some viewers compared him favourably to £100m Manchester City signing Jack Grealish
One entertained viewer predicted that Elliott has an international future after his performance
A well-known Liverpool account suggested that Elliott had prospered despite rough treatment
‘Harvey Elliott is what City fans pretend Jack Grealish is,’ lauded one, while another predicted: ‘Harvey Elliott walks into the England squad at some stage this season’.
A Liverpool supporter praised the quality of his passing, adding: ‘Harvery Elliott tries the difficult passes. And a lot of the time he executed. Very talented footballer.’
Other Reds fans were equally rejoiceful, with one posting: ‘Harvey Elliott is 18, it’s his first start at Anfield for Liverpool, he’s been volleyed by the opposition at every opportunity, and he’s still been excellent. Some player we’ve got there y’know.’
Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch pointed out that Elliott served a stellar apprenticeship at Championship side Blackburn last season.
Others were impressed by Elliott’s bravery and vision, including a part in his side’s second goal
Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane scored the goals as Liverpool earned their second win of this term
Liverpool were on song to beat Burnley but many supporters felt Elliott was a stand-out player
The 18-year-old seemed to have an excellent understanding with Liverpool dangerman Salah
‘He played as if he’d played 100 games,’ the ex-England targetman told BT Sport. ‘He didn’t look out of place. I can’t pay him any higher compliments.
‘He was similar to how Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was before the injuries. He’s going to play a big part this year. He’s got every right to start the next game.’
Ex-Liverpool playmaker Joe Cole agreed, purring: ‘He can move. He’s a lovely technician. I think Jurgen Klopp will lean on him this year, although he won’t be a regular.
‘It was a show of faith from the gaffer today and [Elliott] covered the most ground on the pitch.’