Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool have a star for many years to come in the shape of “little diamond” Harvey Elliott, according to the German’s trusted assistant Pep Lijnders.
The 17-year-old moved to Anfield from Fulham last summer in a deal still to be settled and for a fee that could reach a record sum.
And Elliott has already made his mark on Anfield, having featured seven times for the first team this season and leading both Klopp and former Under-23s manager Neil Critchley to lavish wholesome praise on the teenager.
And now in an interview with Liverpool’s official website, Lijnders has revealed how soon Elliott caught the eye of the Liverpool manager, with the midfielder also appearing on their bench in the Club World Cup and Super Cup finals.
“So, this is a quick interview with our ‘little diamond’ of the team, Harvey Elliott,” said Lijnders.
“I am looking forward to it and I will try to get more to know about him and to show what a good kid he is. He is a great player, which everybody sees, but behind that is a great human being – and a great addition to our team and our squad. So, let’s start!
“Training at Melwood, was there one moment in this last half-year where you thought, ‘Wow! This goes really quick!’?”
Elliott replied: “I think it was my first training session.
“Obviously the full squad wasn’t there, but stepping through the doors and seeing all the lockers was a real moment for me. Then onto the pitch and the tempo of training and the quality of the players… I was like, ‘Wow!’”
Lijnders then recalled his and Klopp’s first impression of the youngster.
“You speak about your first session. I remember coming back into Melwood and me and Jurgen were sitting and both said, ‘OK… that’s quite impressive for a 16-year-old!’.
“Normally when we do the counter-press rondo we did that day, you see straight away if a player can handle the speed and decision-making because it’s such a short space you play our game in.”
Elliott added that Klopp was “any player’s dream to play under”.