‘Special’ Liverpool starlet is ‘ready-made’ Salah replacement – Carragher

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Carragher praises Elliott

Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool starlet Harvey Elliott is a “special player” and he is a “ready-made replacement” for Mohamed Salah.

The youngster made his debut in senior football for Fulham in the EFL Cup when he was just 15 years old. In May 2019, he made his Premier League debut for the Cottagers when he was aged 16.

Elliott signed for Liverpool ahead of the 2019/20 campaign. He enjoyed a superb season last term while on loan in the Championship with Blackburn Rovers.

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The midfielder was involved in 18 goals from his 41 league appearances for Rovers. He returned to Liverpool ahead of this season and he was one of Jurgen Klopp’s favoured midfielders right away.

The 18-year-old’s progress was hampered in September as he sadly suffered a serious ankle injury.

Elliott has now fully recovered from this injury. He was named in Liverpool’s starting eleven for the first leg of their Champions League knockout round tie against Inter Milan.

Speaking ahead of this game, Carragher compared Elliott to the likes of Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler:

“It makes you think Liverpool have got a special player, not just a good player,” Carragher told GOAL.

“You think of how young he is and you think of the players we have had at that age that were really special. Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, Raheem Sterling. You’ve seen Trent come through at that age. Sometimes you see someone that’s just special.

“It’ll be really interesting to see how Jurgen Klopp fits him in and gets him enough games between now and the end of the season. Also whether that will have an impact on Liverpool’s business in the summer.

“You have someone really special here, maybe in terms of Mo Salah’s replacement, if that’s the position he plays in.

“Mo Salah is getting to 30 now and we’re all desperate for him to sign a contract, but whenever Mo Salah goes, maybe you’ve got your ready-made replacement. Maybe not the same type of player, but a guy that plays on the right and comes in on that left foot.

“Maybe he’ll be more creative or maybe he’ll get less goals, who knows, but he’s definitely a special player and, in the next 18 months, he’ll have to find a position for him in the team because players of that quality have to play.”