Harvey Elliott played for Premier League leaders Liverpool for the first time as Jurgen Klopp’s side took on MK Dons in the EFL Cup.
Harvey Elliott produced a masterclass on his senior debut for Liverpool in the EFL Cup third round tie against MK Dons on Wednesday night, leaving former Anfield defender Stephen Warnock blown away by his class and character.
You’d never think Elliott is just 16 years old, and that’s not just down to the facial hair.
The former Fulham youngster plays with a confidence and a maturity that defies his age and MK Dons found themselves on the wrong end of a masterclass in midweek. Elliott hit the bar twice while leaving the home defence bamboozled with his close control and dribbling ability, lighting up the Stadium MK.
One sublime, floated pass to James Milner, after Elliott had wriggled away from two challenges 25 yards from goal, was straight out of the Andres Iniesta playbook.
And Warnock, a former left-back who started his career at Liverpool, thinks Jurgen Klopp has a real star on his hands.
“He was superb. He had a calmness beyond his years, he has a maturity,” Warnock, who also singled out fellow teen Curtis Jones for praise, told Quest (25 September, 10.30pm).
“Most players might buckle after hitting the crossbar, thinking ‘oh no, its not going to be my night, what a bad miss that was’. Not Harvey Elliott.”
“Everything that Liverpool did, he was at the heart of. Brilliant performance.”
Elliott didn’t get on the scoresheet, striking the woodwork once in each half, but it didn’t matter with Milner and Ki-Jana Hoever firing Liverpool into the next round as the game finished 2-0.
In the build up, assistant coach Pep Lijnders quipped that Elliott has the body and the brain of a player 15 years his senior, speaking to the Liverpool Echo. Now we know exactly what he means.