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Harvey Elliott sets new record in Liverpool's Champions League clash with Inter Milan


 

Liverpool and Inter Milan, second in their respective divisions, go head to head this evening in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 ties.

With both sides in great form, it promises to be a fascinating encounter, with the winners likely to go far in the competition.

And, ahead of kick-off, the team news sprung a few surprises, especially on the Liverpool end.

The Reds made 4 changes from their side that squeaked past Burnley by a 1-0 scoreline, with Luis Diaz having to make do with a spot on the bench once again.

Diogo Jota returned to the starting lineup, but the biggest shock was Harvey Elliott, who has been named in the starting XI for the first time since his horrific dislocated ankle suffered earlier in the season.

In doing so, he set quite an impressive club record.

Youngest Liverpool player, ever

In being named in the starting XI this evening, Harvey Elliott became the youngest ever player to start a Champions League game for Liverpool. The player he overtook? Now Reds mainstay Trent Alexander-Arnold, who made his Champions League debut in 2017 when he was around a month older than Elliott is now.

It will be a baptism of fire, with a rowdy San Siro expected to welcome Liverpool back into the Champions League. Elliott, though, will be hoping that it is an occasion that he can rise to.

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Ben Browning

Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.



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