Former Liverpool defender Stephen Warnock has praised the performance of Reds youngster Harvey Elliott on Wednesday evening, saying that the 16-year-old showed “maturity beyond his years” in his senior debut.
Elliott, who moved to Anfield from Fulham in the summer, was handed his first start by Jurgen Klopp and impressed as a youthful Reds side defeated MK Dons 2-0 in the EFL Cup third round.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Warnock added that he was impressed by Elliott’s confidence on and off the ball throughout the match.
“[He showed] a maturity way beyond his years,” the 37-year-old said. “Often you see youngsters, 16 years old, and they take too many touches because they’re nervous, they want to get the ball under control.
“He’s pinging balls in, one-touch and round the corner, clever play. I thought his miss last night, when he hit the crossbar early on from so close, might have dented his confidence. It didn’t at all.
“This guy is full of confidence and you could see it in his performance, how well he did. Very unfortunate not to score late on, he can be delighted with his performance.”
Klopp also gave a game to young defender Ki-Jana Hoever and, speaking after the match, the German manager spoke about which position he sees the 17-year-old playing his football.
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