Harvey Elliott admitted to being “heartbroken” when he was left out of the team, but said that the competition for places “drives” him on. The 20-year-old Liverpool midfielder has made 41 appearances this season, but had been on the bench four consecutive times before being given a start against Tottenham. With Jurgen Klopp promising summer signings, Liverpool have been linked to a host of midfielders, including Mason Mount, Ryan Gravenberch and Alexis Mac Allister, which could threaten Elliott’s position in the team and squad. However, he said that it is “nice” when the club sign new players and that it drives him to work hard and take his opportunity in games. He also added that he would like to be able to help the new lads out if they need it.
Curtis Jones, a player close to Elliott, has started each of those in the Reds’ midfield after a frustrating spell out through injury. Despite not starting regularly at the moment, Elliott is positive about his situation and used Jones’ revival as an example. He said that he has to take a step back and look at the situation, as the other players are performing well and taking their opportunities. After being part of the team that raced into a 3-0 lead against Tottenham in the first half on Sunday, Elliott will hope to maintain his place as Fulham visit Anfield on Wednesday.