As it was announced, Liverpool are in final stages to sign the 16-year-old winger Harvey Elliott from Fulham, who is the youngest player that ever played in EPL.
Who is Harvey Elliott?
Born on April 4th 2003, Harvey Elliott became the youngest player in Premier League when he appeared as a substitute for Fulham against Wolves in May, when he was only 16 years and 30 days of age. Additionally, he played for Fulham in EFL Cup against Millwall with only 15 years and 174 days of age. With that, Harvey Elliott set a new EPL record, passing Matthew Briggs’s record which stood at 16 years and 68 days.
Showing great potential even as a youngster, Harvey Elliott reportedly caught the attention of Barcelona, Manchester City, Arsenal, Real Madrid, PSG, Liverpool and other big football clubs, who all expressed their desire to sign the young prodigy in hopes he will one day develop into football superstar. With a lot of offers on the table, recent reports suggest Harvey Elliott has decided to join the reigning UEFA Champions League winners, who are on the verge of signing their 2nd new addition of the summer. His decision to pick Liverpool above all other clubs is speculated to be a result of his admiration of the club as a young boy and it was even said Elliott’s sole desire was to one day play for Liverpool. Unfortunately, Elliott cannot turn professional until April when he turns 17, however, that did not stop Klopp from acquiring the young star. Now the only thing in the way of the transfer is the not yet reached agreement between the clubs on the size of compensation Fulham will receive.
Should the deal come through, Harvey Elliott would become the 2nd young reinforcement to join Liverpool, following the arrival of the 17-year-old Sepp van den Berg who arrived from PEC Zwolle last month. As it was announced Sepp van den Berg already started training with the team and is expected to play in the friendly match at Tranmere Rovers. Same holds true for Elliott, who would also get a chance to showcase his skills against Tranmere Rovers if the transfer gets finalized before Thursday.
Seeing how Liverpool is set to sign two rising stars, it became clear that the Reds are looking to build a team that would continue to dominate in years to come. Signing a 16 and 17 years old might seem like a gamble at this point, however, on the other side it could also pay off handsomely if at least one of them reaches the status of the football star.
How much will Harvey Elliott cost Liverpool?
We also need to address the question of how much will Harvey Elliott cost Liverpool. While there were no official announcements, the U-17 England international star will not come cheap. At the end of the day, Fulham will not be too keen on losing the youngster, especially after all the praise he received by Scott Parker, stating that his (Elliott’s) playstyle is very clean and his ability to control the ball exceptionally good. Parker also added that he was surprised to see how easily Elliott managed to transition from playing against players his own age to playing against grown men, which by his words is a sign he will be a top player.
Adding two new young stars, Liverpool are expected to slowly close their wallet for this summer. As a team with a solid team throughout, they seemingly don’t need any new additions, but rather decided to focus on adding players that would strengthen the team in years to come.