Reigning European Champions Liverpool F.C’s activity this summer transfer window so far have been quiet.
Coming from the back of their recent European success, and finishing runners-up to the Premier League, there seems to be somewhat a sigh of satisfaction with Jurgen Klopp and the rest of the team.
Whereas in the summer of 2018, the Merseysiders spent a mouth-watering £161m to make up for the Kiev’s Champions League loss to Real Madrid.
The current off-season, however, has only seen Liverpool part with just £1.3million, for young Dutch defender Sepp van den Berg.
Upon the young Dutch defender arrival to the club, the Red boss told the club’s official website:
“He is a big talent but a young boy and we already have a good team.
“He took the challenge, he really wanted to be part of this and I’m really happy for him.
“We make signings for immediately or for the future and it’s always about the boys, what they make of it. The first impression here was really good and I’m happy to have him around.”
Young players seem to be Liverpool’s top priority as the club are also said to be in a race with heavyweights Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain for Fulham starlet Harvey Elliot. Currently, the Premier League club are third favourite bets here at Sportsbetting24.in, although their start to the summer transfer window has not been impressive
Elliot arrived on the football scene last season by becoming the youngest Premier League player in history, by debuting in the 2018/19 season for Fulham as a substitute against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
He was 16 years and 30 days old on May 4 2019, besting the previous record. It was another Fulham player Matthew Briggs who had held the status for 12 years. He had already become Fulham’s youngest ever player with his Carabao Cup appearance against Millwall the previous September, at the tender age of 15 years and 174 days.
Fulham, however, failed to maintain their Premier League status in their first season back in the top flight after a three-season absence.
Their failure to keep winning momentum in the league last season would see them once again playing Championship football after a catastrophic season that saw the club managed by three different managers.
Although, Scott Parker who handed Elliot his first Premier League substitute appearances towards the end of the season, remains in the hot-seat.
While Elliot’s three first-team appearances throughout the season for Fulham totalled less than half an hour of on-field action, his performances and touches showed a glimpse of his prodigious talent and one for the future.
Elliot is an attack-minded central midfielder whose performances coupled with his dribbling and passing accuracy, has now alerted the Liverpool hierarchy into making a move for him.
That, however, cannot happen until his 17th birthday next April when he turns a professional footballer. Elliot is also quite short in stature as he currently stands at five-foot-five but there is the hope of physical development over the next couple of years that will ease his transition into the natural centre role, instead of out as a winger.
Fulham is said to rate the Surrey-born young defender very highly, with claims making rounds that the club granted him the Premier League appearances towards the end of the season in a bid to secure a bigger compensation fee as Elliot doesn’t seem ready to commit his long-term future with the club when he turned 17 next April.
The Official Fulham F.C. website biography of the player still reads;
“The young winger has bags of potential for such a young age. Known for his dribbling ability and superb first touch he is already drifting between the Under-18s and 23s set-up. Signed from QPR at a very young age, Elliott has a bright future ahead of him.
“At 15, he became the youngest first team player to appear for Fulham, making his debut in the Carabao Cup in a 3-1 win at Millwall. He broke another record in May 2019, when he became the youngest player in Premier League history at 16 years and 30 days when he came on against Wolves.”
Judging by how well Jurgen Klopp has nurtured the young players Liverpool have had at their rank in the likes of Joe Gomez, Andrew Robertson, Rhian Brewster, and of course Trent Alexander-Arnold, the future is Elliot at Anfield is hopefully in safe hands.