It is now official. Harvey Elliott, the England U-21, is the latest Liverpool player to sign a contract extension at the club joining James Milner, Mohamed Salah, Joe Gomez, Diogo Jota, Harvey Davies, and Stefan Bajcetic in doing so.
The talented 19-year-old inked a new deal that will keep him at Anfield until 2027 as he is set to return to Jurgen Klopp’s squad this season after missing last season due to a long-term ankle injury.
Elliott might be playing for Liverpool at Crystal Palace this coming Monday because of multiple injuries within the team’s midfield, including Thiago Alcantara who will be out within the next four weeks.
“I’m going to be here for a long time, which is always a good thing because it’s my boyhood club,” he told the club’s official website.
“There is nothing in the world that brings me more joy and excitement than this.”
When the youngster suffered a fracture dislocation of his left ankle against Leeds in September, Liverpool fans around the world were devastated, say news reports.
The 18-year-injury old’s appeared serious from the start, with many fearing the end of his Premier League season as he was given oxygen while being carried away on a stretcher.
In agreeing to a new long-term contract with Liverpool, Elliott will have a chance to develop his career at the prestigious club.
Elliott joined Liverpool from Fulham in July 2019 and started three of Liverpool’s first four matches of last season but sustained the fracture-dislocation of his ankle at Elland Road which sidelined him for five months.
After the injury, he regained full fitness in time to join Liverpool in the chase for a quadruple.
On the other hand, Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp is excited with regards to Elliott’s potential.
In July 2022, Klopp said he’s very excited for the return of the youngster.
“For me, Harvey is a new signing as well,” he is quoted as saying.
He told The Athletic when asked about the club’s new arrivals this summer, “He is very young. He came back brilliant, then had a little low, but that is completely normal so I’m really excited.”
Liverpool had to settle for a draw against Fulham, the old club of Elliot in their Premier League opener last Saturday.
The pressure is on when Crystal Palace visits Anfield on Monday. Following the two points dropped at Craven Cottage, there has been a growing call for the Reds to enter the market, to get a new midfielder.
The big-money signing of Darwin Nunez from Benfica remains Liverpool’s main target and the new boy has the support of teammate James Milner.