Former Liverpool star tips Harvey Elliott to develop into a ‘Xavi or Iniesta type’

Former Liverpool star tips Harvey Elliott to develop into a ‘Xavi or Iniesta type’

Ex-Liverpool midfielder Jason McAteer has this weekend revealed his sky-high hopes for current Reds youngster Harvey Elliott.

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Prodigious starlet Elliott joined Liverpool in July of last year.

After making his way through Fulham’s youth ranks, the wide-man quickly went on to establish himself as one of English football’s most highly-regarded young players.

The 2018/19 campaign even saw Elliott become the youngest player to ever feature in the Premier League.

As such, it came as little surprise when a host of heavyweights soon came calling, with Liverpool, in the end, having beaten off all competition to secure his signature.

‘Got the lot’

Elliott, now 17, though, has unsurprisingly since largely struggled for first-team opportunities at Anfield.

While the gifted attacker managed 8 appearances across all competitions this season, just 2 of these came in the Premier League, for a grand total of 7 minutes.

Nevertheless, those in a position of power on the red half of Merseyside are evidently of the opinion that Elliott possesses the tools to succeed with the club, with the teen, as a result, having put pen to paper on his first professional contract last month:

And, as outlined above, one individual who not only shares such an opinion, but in fact believes that Elliott is set to develop into a ‘superstar’ over the coming years, is Jason McAteer.

Speaking in an interview with Off The Ball this weekend, McAteer, who lined out for Liverpool for 4 years between 1995 and 1999, was drawn on the talents of his former side’s 17-year-old prodigy.

And the one-time midfielder was quick to lavish praise on Elliott, going as far as to suggest that, should the Englishman continue along his current trajectory, he possesses the abilities to ‘be as good as’ Barcelona legends Xavi and Andres Iniesta:

‘Obviously we have got Harvey Elliott – who is going to be an absolute superstar.’

‘He’s 17… what an attitude, what a player. He’s playing wide at the minute but I can see him slotting into that midfield central area. Maybe as a Xavi or an Iniesta [type].’

‘If he develops the right way, he could be as good as one of those players. And that’s saying something. This kid has got the lot.’

McAteer continued:

‘[Elliott] can play with both feet. He has got that ability to see things, to open things up, to play that little killer pass.’

‘What I love about him is he never spends longer than four or five seconds on the ball. He knows what he is doing. He knows what he sees beforehand.’

‘His execution more often than not, is on point.’

‘They come around every once in a while. I had the privilege of playing with [Michael] Owen, the privilege of playing with [Robbie] Fowler. I saw [Wayne] Rooney at a young age being on Merseyside.’

‘I put him in that bracket. Absolutely.’

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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