Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool have landed a star of the future in Harvey Elliott after explaining why the Reds pushed to bring him to the club from Fulham.
The European champions swooped to sign the teenager from the Cottagers on Sunday, the player already a famous name after becoming the Premier League’s youngest-ever player when he came off the bench for Fulham last season against Wolves and featuring in the top flight at just 16 years and 30 days.
Elliott, a winger, was handed an immediate chance to show what he can do for the Reds when he came off the bench and played for 11 minutes of Sunday’s friendly defeat to Napoli – a match in which Klopp refused to press the panic button after the game.
And while Elliott cannot officially turn professional until his 17th birthday next April, Klopp believes Liverpool have a special young talent on their hands after tipping him to become a big star in the years to come.
Speaking after the match Klopp said: “I could say so many positive things about the boy, we signed him, he came here, he decided on us and could have gone pretty much everywhere but he wanted to be part of Liverpool.
“The stories with the boy start early and already he is the youngest ever Premier League player and has broken quite a few records because of his talent.
“Now he is here so let’s work with him. He needs game time, we will see where he gets that but he is obviously a fine, fine footballer and that’s why we were really interested.”
Elliott becomes Liverpool’s second signing of the summer, along with another promising teenager, 17-year-old centre-back Sepp van den Berg, who signed from Dutch side PEC Zwolle for £1.7m last month.
Klopp remains in the market for a big-money signing this summer, but admitted last week that improving on his current squad was proving tricky.
“We are still looking, but it will not be the (biggest) transfer window of LFC,” says Klopp. “It just will be a transfer window.
“We will see what we do, and if we haven’t done anything by the end it will be for different reasons.
“It’s about using this team. In the transfer window, you have to build a team that you think you want to go into the season with. But I have that team already.
“If we can bring somebody else in that makes it even better, we will see. But if not, this team is already there. And again we will have to find solutions at different moments.”
Liverpool face Lyon in their final pre-season game in Geneva on Wednesday before tackling Manchester City in the Community Shield on Sunday.
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