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Liverpool starlet Harvey Elliott wanted for Premier League move after impressive loan spell

Liverpool winger Harvey Elliott is a loan target for Premier League new boys Watford.

The 18-year-old impressed in the Championship on loan at Blackburn last season, ending the campaign with seven goals and 11 assists.

That return included a goal against Watford at Ewood Park in February and the Hornets are now keen to take him as they strengthen their attacking options after winning promotion.

Elliott will report back to Liverpool for pre-season but boss Jurgen Klopp is yet to decide what to do with the England age-group international.

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One option is to send him out on loan to a fellow top-flight side to build on the experience he gained in tier two last time out.

Harvey Elliott has enjoyed an impressive year at Blackburn Rovers
Harvey Elliott has enjoyed an impressive year at Blackburn Rovers

There are high hopes that Elliott will become a star at Anfield but unless he will get sufficient game time next season then Klopp will look to send him out again.

That is opening the door for Watford, with several other clubs also registering an interest in taking him for a year.

Elliott moved to Liverpool in 2019 from Fulham, with whom he’d become the youngest ever player to play in the Premier League aged 16 years and 30 days.

He made two top-flight appearances for Fulham and has made two Premier League appearances for Liverpool, as well as playing in eight cup games.

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Former Red Stewart Downing is team-mates with Elliott at Ewood Park and has raved about his qualities and future prospects.

“From what I’ve seen up to now, he’s going to be in the Premier League for sure,” he told Goal.

“I know [ Bournemouth manager] Jonathan Woodgate well, and he’s quite close to [Liverpool sporting director] Michael Edwards. He asked me about Harvey when he came to Blackburn, and I was like ‘f****** hell, he’s brilliant!’

“It’s his game-understanding, when to pass the ball, when to dribble, when to come inside, when to stay wide. For someone so young, it’s top-drawer.”

Liverpool No 2 Pep Lijnders also spoke highly of Elliott and is not surprised by the impact he’s had at Blackburn.

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He said: “I would have loved to continue working with him, but it’s a good decision of course because he can play many games and he can show what he’s really about.

“I think he’s doing that, he’s impressing everyone. For us and for me, it’s not a surprise – if that’s here, there or wherever, he will surprise and show what he can bring.

“It says a lot that he didn’t need a lot of time to adapt.”

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