Why Harvey Elliott could be the player to fill Georginio Wijnaldum’s void at Liverpool

Shortly before his son signed, Elliott’s father Scott was identified among the traveling supporters celebrating at the Allianz Arena when Liverpool beat Bayern Munich on their way to the 2019 Champions League. Elliott’s arrival in a deal that could potentially reach £ 4.3million was officially confirmed in July.

Since then, Klopp has prepared Elliott for his full Premier League debut on Saturday, transforming him from a wide striker into a deeper and more versatile midfielder.

Rather than Wijnaldum, Elliott’s role is reminiscent of the man who left 12 months earlier, Adam Lallana. Lallana was most effective early in Klopp’s reign, connecting the midfielder and the top three with penetrating passes, a first touch that can put a crowd on their feet and an all-energy style that choked defenders who may have escaped the high press Liverpool’s top three to be stifled by the advancing midfielder and full-backs.

A recurring criticism of the Liverpool midfielder trio since Lallana lost her regular starting spot due to injury and Philippe Coutinho joined Barcelona, ​​is that they all brought similar qualities, more apt to dominate. and to control than to create. Whether or not Klopp prefers Elliott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Thiago Alcantara or Curtis Jones, the signs are that his midfield unit is evolving again.

Elliot was responsible for more forward passes than any Liverpool player this weekend, denying the sweetest of assists thanks to a perfectly weighted pass when Mohamed Salah narrowly ventured into an off-position. game in the first half, but playing a critical role in the second of the match. over 69 minutes when receiving the diagonal ball from Virgil Van Dijk and liaising with Trent Alexander-Arnold to give the start to Sadio Mane.

Harvey Elliott’s completed passes against Burnley

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