Harvey Elliott has revealed his immediate aim is to become a regular in Jurgen Klopp’s starting line-up, but he’s also sent a message to the club’s next manager that his “end goal” is to become Liverpool captain one day. Despite being just 20 years of age, Elliott is already in his fifth season at the club and last year he was a regular in Klopp’s side.
While starts have been few and far between this term, Elliott is often one of the first players Klopp turns to off the bench. He’s seen as a star of the future and showcased his talents for his country this summer when England won the Under-21 Euros.
And the Liverpool star captained the England Under-21 side last month for the first time in his career. That’s something that is clearly on the midfielder’s mind for the future at Liverpool.
For now, Elliott’s sole focus is on trying to clinch a starting spot in Klopp’s Liverpool side.
“I think now is to kind of establish myself in the team and be a starter week in and week out,” he told the Liverpool Echo. “Obviously on top of that, hopefully, one day it comes and I can be the club captain.
“I feel like that is one of the end goals of mine, maybe towards the end of my Liverpool career. But yeah, player-wise, everyone wants to come in, win trophies, win absolutely everything and I feel that is everyone’s dream in the team, so we want to put it together and give it 100 per cent.
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“I feel like if we stick together and keep marching on as a team we can do that. Harvey Elliott: Liverpool captain? Let’s hope so.” At Anfield, Klopp has already changed his leadership group with Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold taking over from Jordan Henderson and James Milner as captain and vice-captain respectively.
Alisson, Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah were also confirmed as part of the leadership group by Klopp in the summer. It means Elliott will likely have to wait a few years before potentially pulling on the armband at Liverpool, with Klopp’s contract only running for three more years.
In all likelihood, Elliott’s best chance of becoming Liverpool captain may come after Klopp leaves the club. Who comes in to replace Klopp remains to be seen, but Liverpool’s next manager has a future captain ready and waiting to take the call if need be.
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