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According to The Telegraph, Fulham wonderkid Harvey Elliott is all set to join Liverpool this summer after choosing the Reds as his preferred destination – the teenager had a string of Europe’s top clubs chasing his signature.
Well, the 16-year-old was being courted by the likes of Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig after rejecting a scholarship deal with the Cottagers – Elliott will not be able to sign professional terms until his 17th birthday next April.
The 5 foot 7 attacker became the youngest player in Premier League history when he came off the bench for Fulham against Wolves back in May at the age of just 16 years and 30 days, having already become the youngest player in the Cottagers’ history after appearing in the EFL Cup at just 15 years and 174 days.
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Elliott scored five goals and recorded five assists in 28 appearances in total last term.
Fulham had hoped that their fast-tracking of Elliott through the ranks would have been enough to keep him, but he has decided to reject their advances and join Liverpool.
As aforesaid, the Reds fought off competition from the likes of Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig for Elliott’s signature, which speaks volumes about their pull factor right now – Barcelona have also been linked previously.
Elliott could easily have looked at Jadon Sancho’s rapid rise over in the Bundesliga as reason to join Leipzig, as the former Manchester City youngster is now an England international and valued at £90m on Transfermarkt at the age of just 19.
Given the fact that the teenager opted to link up with Jurgen Klopp instead, it suggests that the young stars of the game see Anfield as an excellent place to develop their talents.
When the European champions decide to go back in for a blossoming footballer next time, they can point to Elliott’s decision, as well as Ki-Jana Hoever and Sepp van den Berg’s, to reinforce the fact that Liverpool is a good place to come as a young player.