It will be difficult for one of Liverpool’s outstanding youngsters to command a regular starting place in Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI, according to former England international Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Klopp is currently preparing his squad for another hectic fixture schedule after a busy transfer market this summer.
Prior to suffering a devastating ankle injury in September last year against Leeds United, Harvey Elliott had impressed the German enough in pre-season to earn a place in the Reds’ starting lineup.
Despite returning earlier than expected, the 19-year-old could not break into the starting lineup with the same consistency in the closing months of the season.
Former Aston Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor admitted that this season will be challenging for Elliott due to the intense competition for positions at Liverpool in an interview with Football Insider.
“Hopefully he can. It might be really difficult to understand that side of things at times. He won’t get in ahead of Salah, Diaz, Jota, and Nunez.
The manager will want to give him a chance if he’s got his trust. But then in midfield there’s Fabinho, Thiago, Henderson and Keita so that will be difficult.
Agbonlahor is right that Elliott may not be first choice as things stand, but Klopp believes in the player and there are enough games for him to get chances; it will then be up to him to seize those opportunities.