Harvey Elliott insists that now is the time for him to break into Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool squad.
The 18-year-old spent last season on loan with Blackburn Rovers in the Championship, with his campaign culminating in a nomination for the EFL Young Player of the Season.
To emphasise his impressive year in the second tier, Elliott’s 11 assists for Rovers was the highest ever recorded by a teenager and his 18 goal contributions was a higher tally than £100m-rated Jack Grealish ever recorded in the division.
Grealish has since gone on to prove his worth in the Premier League, something that Elliott is now desperate to do with Liverpool.
The midfielder is part of the Reds squad that has travelled out to Austria for an intense four-week training camp to prepare for the new season.
And Jurgen Klopp has told the youngsters that have made the trip to take the opportunity to impress him and stake a claim for a place in the senior set-up.
“They were close to the first team but didn’t play often enough,” he explained. “So, the door is open.
“So come on, take the chance and play the best football you are able to do and then we immediately get options – it’s always like having new signings.”
That’s a challenge that Elliott is seemingly ready to embrace, revealing that his ambition is now to earn minutes for the first-team.
On his targets for the season, he told the club’s official site: “I think to get into the team. Last year’s loan spell helped me a lot and I think I need to take the learning from that into this year.
“It’s not going to come around and be given to me, I need to work hard for it. I am confident in myself, I feel I can get into the team, whether it’s coming off the bench and making an impact.
“Whatever it is, I am confident in myself,” he continued. “That’s the main goal really; just to be in and around the team and get minutes.
“Like I keep saying, it’s down to me – I need to show the people I am ready, I need to show the gaffer I am ready, but I am certain I can do it.”
Elliott was a regular in the hustle and bustle of the Championship and thinks that will set him up well for the rigours of top-flight football.
“I think I played 42 games last season and for a youngster, that’s a lot of games,” he added. “Knowing how to recover, knowing how to look after my body, knowing what to eat, and knowing what to do on days off.
“It’s going to be a big season for me this season and I am looking forward to it.”
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