Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he was left 'touched' at how Harvey Elliott 'encouraged' the crowd during Liverpool's penalty shootout win over Arsenal in the EFL Cup last night.
The German was also seemingly left speechless when he went into the dressing room after the match, only to see on the TV that the 16-year-old was still doing his 'lap of honour' for the Anfield crowd.
Despite playing a team filled with highly-rated youngsters, Liverpool netted a stoppage-time goal to remarkably draw 5-5 with Arsenal in the League Cup before dumping them out in the shootout.
After the game, Klopp was just in awe at how Elliott was conducting himself to the crowd at such a young age, as he simply stated, 'what can I say?'.
"It is easy to be convinced about him when you see him train," Klopp told Liverpool's official website. "He is exceptionally talented, absolutely, and he’s a nice kid as well. To see him how he encouraged the crowd at the corners. I had a couple of moments when I was really touched tonight, to be honest. That’s really cool.
"When I was already in the dressing room [after the game], I saw on the TV screen that he is still doing his lap of honour and giving pretty much everything away, it was just too nice! What can I say? Yes, he played really well, not like you would expect a 16-year-old boy to play and that’s cool."
Liverpool's name will now be in the hat for the quarter-finals and it gives Klopp a great chance to add another trophy to his cabinet.
Despite being so deep into the competition now, Klopp will no doubt continue to put faith in these youngsters, even if they reach the final.
A player like Elliott, who only joined Liverpool from Fulham in the summer, is thriving and learning a lot during these types of chaotic and drama-filled matches.
His performances in the League Cup are making him standout, and despite being such a young age, he is seemingly making himself heard to Klopp too.
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