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According to the Evening Standard, Liverpool are amongst a number of clubs interested in signing Fulham wonderkid Harvey Elliott, along with Barcelona, Real Madrid and RB Leipzig.
Well, the Cottagers are fearful that they are about to lose their precocious young talent after the 16-year-old failed to agree a new contract with the London club, who were relegated from the Premier League last term.
Elliott became the youngest Premier League player ever in May when he came off the bench away to Wolves – he was just 16 years and 30 days old.
The 5 foot 7 attacker also became Fulham’s youngest ever player when he made his debut in the Carabao Cup against Millwall last September at the age of just 15 years and 174 days old.
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Fulham will be due millions in compensation if Elliott leaves, but the figure will be a lot less if the Englishman joins a side abroad rather than another English club.
Jurgen Klopp has proven numerous times over the years that he can capture the imaginations of young players and inspire them to greatness.
It was the German who gave £58m Chelsea new boy Christian Pulisic his first taste of senior football, and the American seems wholly grateful to Klopp for that, saying: “I was obviously playing with the youth teams at Dortmund, but he was the one who gave me my first professional training session, just to give me a taste of it.
“He always accepted me and he was very kind to me, so I will always be thankful for that. I know he’s a great guy, and it’s nice to see him doing so well for Liverpool.”
It was Klopp who also thrust Mario Gotze into the limelight, a player who became the hottest prospect in Germany before a £31.5m move to Bayern Munich – having worked with both Klopp and Pep Guardiola, Gotze seems to prefer the current Liverpool boss.
Gotze said: “Of course, he taught me everything about professional football. At that time, I was just 17 and coming up from the youth team. He introduced me to everything. He let me play.” In the same interview, the attacking midfielder also said that Guardiola lacks empathy whereas Klopp does not.
Fulham teammate Tom Cairney and boss Scott Parker have both given Elliott glowing reviews, so it is fairly exciting to think about what Klopp could do with a player who is the record holder for the Premier League’s youngest ever appearance maker.
Whilst the previous examples are from Klopp’s time at former club Borussia Dortmund, another young gun is in his plans at Anfield – Rhian Brewster.
The German has already spoken highly of the 19-year-old, which bodes well for Elliott as he will be aware that chances are available to him if he can perform well should he make the move to Merseyside.
You also only need to take one glance at what Klopp has done with Trent Alexander-Arnold in just a few years to reinforce all of the above – he is very talented at developing young players, and 16-year-old Elliott could be the next one off the Klopp production line.