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Elliott recalls first day at Liverpool amid 'raised eyebrows' from teammates

Liverpool teenager Harvey Elliott has recalled his first Liverpool training session after he made quite an impression.

The Athletic reported earlier this year that Elliott, 16 when he made his move from Fulham, ‘raised eyebrows’ and ‘wowed’ senior members of Jurgen Klopp’s squad.

The youngster has gone on to show flashes of his potential and put in some impressive displays in cup competitions as he is tipped for a bright future at Anfield.

But Elliott has now given his perspective on his first day with his boyhood club – and recalled being daunted by joining up with the Champions League winners.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, he recalled: “I remember my first training session at Liverpool, there were players already in the gym working when I arrived.

Harvey Elliott has recalled his first day at Liverpool after he raised eyebrows

“These players had won the Champions League and they were first in, wanting to be the best possible players for the new season.

“I realised I’d have to do that as well. I’d have to put more effort in to get to where they are and be the kind of players they are.

“The tempo in training from the start made me realise I’d have to adapt quickly just to keep up with them. And then there are the ‘rondos’ – you don’t want to be in the middle of those!

“They always start with the youngest in the middle, and that’s always me at the moment.

Harvey Elliott has recalled his first training session after signing from Fulham

“I’m in there for two or three minutes at least. Sometimes here and there I’ll get lucky if somebody makes a sloppy pass. But once you’re in the middle, and everyone is at full flow, that’s not a place you want to be!”

Elliott was determined to impress in the drill – and he certainly appeared to do just that.

Assistant manager Pep Ljinders recalled to The Athletic previously how he was left impressed alongside Jurgen Klopp.

“We were like ‘OK, that’s quite impressive for a 16-year-old,” Ljinders said.

Elliott is being tipped for a bright future under Jurgen Klopp

“When we do the counter-press rondo you see straight away if a player can handle the speed and the decision-making because there’s such a small space in which to play our game.

“What a surprise he was when he came for the first sessions. Some players, they play as if they are already, say 28 or 29. He’s a player who sees so much around him before things happen.

“Everyone sees what a great player he is but behind that player is a great human being and a great addition to our squad. He’s our little diamond of the team.”



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