Think of the players who rose through the ranks and made a lasting impression at Anfield during the Premier League era.
Robbie Fowler, Jamie Carragher, Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard, until today with Trent Alexander-Arnold and, Liverpool Hope, Curtis Jones.
None were loaned out, instead continuing their development at Melwood.
There have been a few notable exceptions – Martin Kelly, Jay Spearing and Stephen Warnock had a few years as regular members of the first team, for example – but, at least under Jurgen Klopp, the Youngsters Loans no ‘have generally only led to a career elsewhere.
It’s no wonder, then, that there was a whisper of surprise when it emerged shortly before Friday’s domestic transfer deadline that Harvey Elliott will be spending the remainder of the season alongside the Blackburn Rovers Championship.
At first glance, the move is obvious.
The arrival of Diogo Jota – and, more aptly, Xherdan Shaqiri’s decision to stay – has meant that there is little chance of first-team action in the next few months for Elliott, who has remained on the bench. during the Carabao Cup fourth round exit for Arsenal earlier this month.
But lingering doubts over the trend of Liverpool’s former loans should be eased by the progress the 17-year-old has already made.
For starters, Elliott had already made his Premier League debut before arriving at Liverpool, becoming the youngest player to appear in the competition at Fulham in April 2019 after doing the same in the League Cup earlier this season.
And he wasted little time with the Reds, scoring on his Under-21 debut in the EFL Trophy, becoming the youngest player to start a first-team game for the club on his senior debut in the win. of the Carabao Cup against MK Dons and, in the next round at home against Arsenal, being the youngest to start a game at Anfield.
Elliott became Liverpool’s youngest player in the FA Cup and the second youngest to feature in the league. He has also scored one goal and provided five assists in seven UEFA Youth League outings and has been a regular Premier League 2 contributor for the U23s.
Similar to Curtis Jones, there is a feeling that Elliott is already too good for the Academy level. There would be no point in asking him to present himself this season for the U23 in terms of development, which will be accelerated by regular action in the Championship.
Indeed, it didn’t go too badly for another youngster who, like Elliott, played on the right wing, had attracted attention from a young age, originally from the south, was heading towards a giant in the Northwest and accepted. a temporary move to a former Lancashire power station.
The player in question was David Beckham who, having made his debut in Manchester United’s first team in the early 1990s, made a huge impression during a short stint at Preston North End before returning to Old Trafford. We all know what happened after that.
Moving to Blackburn means Elliott won’t be forced to lift sticks and move elsewhere, which will reduce any disruption and allow him to focus on his football.
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The proximity also means Liverpool can easily follow their progress, with the Reds having been impressed with how Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray has helped develop former youngsters on loan.
Jurgen Klopp and his assistant Pep Lijnders have expressed not only their admiration for Elliott but also their absolute faith that the teenager will become a huge success at Liverpool.
There should be no worries about his loan transfer. Rather than being preoccupied with the past, Elliott has long demonstrated that he is adept at writing his own story. An interesting campaign awaits you.