“I try to learn all about English football because it is completely different from other countries. A few years ago Liverpool had loaned out 20 to 25 players,” he said.
When Jurgen Klopp came to English football, he had to make certain cultural adjustments.
Harvey Elliott looked very promising in his preferred position for Blackburn Rovers in his first two games
It’s still early days, but Harvey Elliott will hope that he won’t spend much time on the substitutes’ bench during his time with Blackburn Rovers.
“It’s not normal that players are loaned out in Germany, but it is in England. When I have time, I watch these players. I went to Wolverhampton to see Ojo, but he didn’t play!
All the talk about a Liverpool player who operates on the right side but moves his left foot inwards conjures up only one man – Mohamed Salah.
The talented teenager earned his first start with the Rovers in the middle of the week and played the full 90 minutes in a 3-1 defeat by Watford.
Elliott played on the right wing, but as a natural left-footed player, he prefers to drive in or sit slightly off the sidelines.
At this stage of his development, Elliott looks a little differently far ahead. As he has shown against Watford, his strength lies in his tactical intelligence and his ability to create opportunities for others.
The Egyptian striker has captivated Reds fans since arriving from Rome, and while it would be easy to label Elliott as his long-term successor, it is remarkable how different the two are.
The teenager managed two shots against the Hornets, but neither of them was on target. Instead, his greatest impact came from sitting in the halfway area and trying to find teammates further up the field.
The former Newcastle United youth player tried a daring chip on Ben Foster but the goalkeeper managed to knock him out for a corner.
A great example of this was when Elliott got the ball far out after an attack from Watford. Instead of trying to get past his opponent, he went inside and played the ball behind the Watford defense, which Adam Armstrong ran onto.
Overall, it was an impressive first game for the young man. He was rarely wasteful with ball possession, and given the high risk and rewards of his position, he showed good judgment when to release the ball and try to find teammates.
Elliott then built on that early promise with what was arguably an even more impressive performance in Saturday’s 4-0 away win over Coventry City.
His 81% passing rate may seem low at first glance, but in reality, in many cases where he lost the ball, it was not due to poor execution or poor judgment, but rather to trying to win a 50-50.
With his first goal for the Rovers – he swept one in with his left foot – he hit the bull’s eye and also put in an assist for Sam Gallagher to complete the game.
Coventry had a little more room for manoeuvre after 14 minutes, but Elliott didn’t really make the most of it until his second start for the Lancashire side.