Rio Ferdinand and Peter Crouch have heaped praise on Liverpool midfielder Harvey Elliott, with the former claiming that the emerging talent has a “real nice arrogance” to his game.
The 19-year-old has established himself as a regular fixture of Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI this season, and has featured in all six of the Reds’ Premier League outings so far, including a goal-scoring turn against Bournemouth last weekend.
And speaking ahead of Saturday lunchtime’s 0-0 Merseyside derby stalemate, Crouch and Ferdinand both lauded Elliott for the impact he has made already in his fledgling career at Anfield.
Appearing on BT Sport, the former Liverpool striker said: “I’ve been really impressed with him. I think this could be a really really big year for him.
“I think people forget, he was a first choice starter last year, he was just very very unlucky with injuries – that was the only thing that held him back.
“He’s got plenty of ability, he can come inside, and I think he’s built a good relationship with on that right-hand side with Trent overlapping, and Mo Salah as well.
“He can pick a pass. Liverpool’s midfield has been industious under Jurgen Klopp in the main, really, but I think he can be the real key to unlocl defences.
“If he can just add a few more goals to his game, I think he can be a real, real top player.”
Ferdinand agreed with Crouch’s assessment of the youngster, adding: “
“He’s got a real nice arrogance about him. I think all the top players have a certain amount of arrogance around them – he has that. He feels like he should be playing.
“A bit more output in terms of assists and goals and he’ll be on his way. A tremendous talent.”