Paul Stewart believes that Harvey Elliott could be developed in a similar way to Phil Foden was at Manchester City.
The 18-year-old has made just nine senior appearances for Liverpool but has impressed massively during pre-season and is expected to get his opportunities under Jurgen Klopp.
Elliott, who exceeded expectations during an outstanding loan spell at Blackburn last season, lined up alongside Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah in the Reds’ friendly against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday which could suggest that the teenager could be handed his full league debut at Norwich this weekend.
But Elliott only turned 18 in April and is one of the most inexperienced players in the league, with most of his chances likely to come in Europe and the domestic cups, like Foden.
The Manchester City man, who’s three years Elliott’s senior, had two years where he was restricted to mainly appearances off the bench and outings in the cups before he became a regular part of Pep Guardiola’s side.
And Stewart exclusively told Football FanCast that he expects similar treatment for Elliott:
“It’s difficult when you’re trying to replace such a notorious front-three, and what I mean by that is when you’re a young lad, it’s quite a bit of weight on your shoulders.
“But I think Jurgen is astute enough to give game-time as Pep did with Phil Foden, nurture him and see where it takes him.
“I think it’s a little too soon to expect too much out of him, but I see him being a player for Liverpool for a long time.”