Transfer update: Liverpool plan more exits plus van de Beek news
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Harvey Elliott proved to Liverpool and to Jurgen Klopp that he might not have to splash out millions on a Georginio Wijnaldum replacement. It comes after a stellar display against Athletic Bilbao in pre-season.
Liverpool might have found the perfect solution to their midfield problem after Wijnaldum’s departure to Paris Saint-Germain.
The Dutchman left at a critical time for the Reds despite being a key member of Klopp’s squad.
Last season, only Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah played more minutes than Wijnaldum and his absence leaves Liverpool with a huge problem.
The Anfield outfit are not blessed with abundant funds and must rely on player sales – making the midfielder’s departure even worse after leaving for nothing at the end of his contract.
There have been several players linked with a move to Liverpool, including Yves Bissouma, Florian Neuhaus and Renato Sanches.
But the answer to Klopp’s problems could be right in front of him all along – and he made quite the impression on Sunday afternoon.
The idea was that Elliott would play a few times in pre-season before heading out on loan but everyone at the club has been wowed.
The 18-year-old started in midfield – where Wijnaldum would have played – and was sensational against Athletic Bilbao.
A constant thorn in the Spanish side’s defence, Klopp gave the youngster a massive hug after the match he starred in.
After the match the German said: “I’m very happy with the squad, but that doesn’t mean we don’t look at the market.
“There might still be something happening before the end of the transfer window, but I can’t say anything at moment.
“We have a new midfielder in our squad in Harvey Elliott. We have players who can make a big step. We are not blind.
“We see what others are doing. We just have to be able to beat them. We will try to do that.”
It shows that Elliott has completely changed Liverpool’s decision and they are now prepared to chuck him in at the deep end.
But if any youngster can deal with the pressure, it is this lad – who seems to thrive on the edge.
Klopp added: “Harvey can play different positions. In pre-season we wanted to see him in a deeper role. He’s made a big step in the pre-season.
“If he stays fit then the football world can be really excited about that. I really liked his performance and attitude in pre-season.”
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